Six-month training for Ghana police recruits inadequate – Activist

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Mr Kwabena Frimpong, a youth activist and social commentator, is advocating for a review of the training duration of would-be police officers from the current six months to at least a year.

He is of the view that the role of the security agency of maintaining law and order is a huge task and that the six-month period of training for the officers is woefully not sufficient for the challenges.

Advancing his argument, Mr Frimpong observed that the shorter period used in training recruits does not expose the trainees to the professional skills needed for effective policing.

His comments come following reports of a number of police brutalities recorded in recent times as the country battles the Covid-19 pandemic.

Government announced a partial lockdown of parts of Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi areas as a measure of curbing the spread of the Covid-19.

But that operation was characterized by a series of unfortunate actions on the part of the police including the death of a 33-year-old man in Kumasi.

Speaking on Kumasi-based Boss FM, Mr Frimpong said the actions and inactions of these officers expose them as being not equipped professionally for the job.

“The Police as we know are supposed to be friends of  the citizenry but we see otherwise”, said Mr Frimpong as he cited an instance where a police officer forcefully asked a civilian without a nose mask to buy one from a seller nearby. 

While recommending a refresher course for mainstream policing, he is also calling for a national discourse to change the status quo.

By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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