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22.12.2005 Regional News

Forty police recruits pass out in Kumasi

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Kumasi, Dec.22, GNA - Forty police recruits on Thursday passed out at the Police Training School in Kumasi after six-months intensive training.

Their training included laws on human rights, acts and decrees, criminal law, criminal procedure and investigations, practical police duties and service instructions.

Mr Vincent K. Dzakpata, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) at the Police Headquarters in Accra, addressing the recruits said completion of their training made them full fledged and responsible policemen as well as marking their induction into the law enforcement fraternity.

"Indeed the police administration is proud and confident that once again a new group of gallant men have completed their basic training and are full of vigour, enthusiasm and ready to meet the challenges of contemporary policing," He said .

ACP Dzakpata, however, cautioned those who enlisted into the police service with the selfish aim of amassing wealth to take a decision now as the Police Service had no room for such people. He reminded the recruits of the need to learn modern trends in crime combat as well as the fight against organized crimes such as Internet fraud, drug trafficking and other cross border crimes that had no boundaries in globalisation and international policing standardisation.

ACP Dzakpata assured the public that the police would continue to wage war on crime in order to bring the crime rate to its barest minimum.

"We can succeed in the fight against crime only with the support and co-operation of the public. Relevant information that leads to the arrest of criminals bent on creating a state of insecurity and fear in the country, is what we require from you, " He added.

In doing so, he said, the public would be exercising their constitutional duty as good citizens and should therefore, feel free to vouch valuable information about criminals to the police and also expose police officers indulging in unprofessional and corrupt activities. Five recruits who excelled received prizes with Julius Karikari emerging as the overall best recruit and academic work, Gideon Abbey was adjudged the best recruit in conduct while Benjamin Torgbor received the best recruit in drill award.

Recruit Abeka L. Boxton was adjudged the best marksman with recruit Ernest Arhin being adjudged the best recruit in physical training.