27.05.2005 Crime & Punishment

Police urged to treat public with respect

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Accra, May 27, GNA - The Police must treat the public with respect and courtesy to enable the public to judge their competency and sense of maturity, a Senior Police Officer said on Friday.
Mr Paul Quaye, Commissioner in Charge of Research and Planning, who speaking at the passing-out parade of 49 Recruits in Accra, said the Police should not isolate themselves from the larger community and must work with a sense of mission and tenacity of purpose.
Mr Quaye said the sophistication of the society had placed great demands on the Police as new crimes were emerging and existing ones were increasing.
"A lot of hard work and sacrifice are required of you during your probation period to improve and consolidate what you have acquired in the course of your training," he said.
The Recruits went through six months of a comprehensive training programme designed primarily to equip them with basic knowledge of policing.
They were given training in criminal law, law of evidence, basic officer skills, psychology, map reading and musketry.
Mr Quaye urged the Police to be neutral and impartial and should embark on their profession with noble norms and ethics and be prepared to follow instructions.
He said members of the Service, who would be caught in inglorious circumstances, would receive no sympathy and protection from the Police Administration.
Mr Quaye expressed the hope that the Recruits were ready to meet the challenges of policing.
Mr Emmanuel Asare Addo received an award for the overall best student and the best academician. Other recruits, who received awards, included, Mr Robert Afful, the best in drill and Mr Joseph Ntiamoah, the best marksman.

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