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29.07.2005 General News

Police recruits passed out


Accra, July 29, GNA - The Police were on Friday reminded that uncivil treatment of innocent citizens, especially suspects, victims and witnesses were intolerable in their operations. "Any other acts of indiscipline, especially those relating to turnout, lateness or absence from duty and drunkenness will meet with the full sanctions of the law", Mr Yaw Adu-Gyimah, Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Services and Technical, cautioned the Police personnel in Accra.

Speaking at a passing-out parade of 155 Police recruits at the National Police Training College, Mr Adu-Gyimah said acts like smoking on duty, entering any place licensed for the sale of liquor when on duty except when presence was required for execution of duty were still forms of misconducts under section 21(3) of LI 880/74, which is the Police Service Regulations made under Act 350 of 1970. Mr Adu-Gyimah also reminded the personnel that meddling in civil cases and chieftaincy affairs and the misuse of firearms were all acts of misconduct, which must be avoided.

"Please avoid these shameful acts of indiscipline, "Mr Adu-Gyimah cautioned the recruits, saying, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the current Headquarters Management Board were determined to implement policies that would make the Police Service more effective, humane and very disciplined." The recruits, including 58 women were taken through a six-month training programme of academic and physical training designed to equip them with basic policing skills.

They would be on 18 months' probation to be assessed to determine their suitability for the Service. "Let me caution you that anyone of you who is joining the Service with the view of amassing ill-gotten wealth would eventually be found out and shown the exit. "You must, therefore, always strive to live within your means and eschew corrupt tendencies, which brings the image of the Police Service into disrepute", Mr Adu-Gyimah warned the recruits.

Earlier, Mr Adu-Gyimah and Ms Helena Cobbina, the Commanding Officer, National Police Training School, inspected the parade mounted by the recruits. The Ghana Police Central Band provided music for the recruits to put up a beautiful drill after which, outstanding students were presented with awards. Zibrilla Alhassan took the overall best award, Eric Gyambrah took the best academic award; Maxwell Edem Kumah had the best in drill award while Eric Donne Tordiza received the good conduct award. George Akorlie and Seth Dukeson took the best in physical training and marksman, respectively.