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26.01.2006 Crime & Punishment

Police Undergo Detective Course.

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Pwalugu (UER) Jan. 26, GNA - The Police Administration on Tuesday passed out fifty Police personnel who underwent three weeks intensive course on Detective work at Pwalugu near Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region. They were made up 43 males and 8 females, all drawn from Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions.

Participants were taken through disciplines such as the tenets of Criminal Investigations, Interrogations, Finger Print, Human Rights, uses of Forensic Sciences in Criminal Investigation, Gender Issues, Community Policing, Handling of Suspects and Victims of Abuse, Handling of Informants, Ethics and Accountability among others.

In his welcoming address, Chief Superintendent of Police,(CSP) Ken Yeboah, commanding the Detective Training School (DTS) indicated that the main purpose of the course was to introduce the participants to modern techniques in criminal investigations so as to enhance their skills with investigative competence. This, he noted, would enable them to face the challenging task ahead of them with confidence. He urged the trained police personnel not to be complacent with the knowledge they had gained saying, "it is the result of your output which would determine who you are."

He announced that it was the desire of the school to run for basic detective courses and intermediate courses every year, subject to the availability of funds.

Chief Superintendent Yeboah commended the British Government for their immense support of the programme and appealed to other organisations to emulate them, stressing that with proper rehabilitation and adequate logistics, the school could become a centre of excellence in West Africa.

The Deputy Director General of Police in- charge of Criminal Investigation (CID), Mr Patrick Ampewuah, in his address lauded the training course, stating that it was the first course to be organised by DTS in the year 2006, the first to be organised outside the DTS campus, Accra, the first course for only personnel from the Northern Sector and highest number of personnel so far trained.

Mr Ampewuah said that the Police Administration attached much emphasises to its Human Resource base and that was why as at last year alone, the Police Administration in collaboration with the United State and the British Governments organised 10 courses for Detective personnel.

He pointed out that the crime wave called for investigators to be knowledgeable in their field in order to be able to outwit criminals, stressing that, based on the course content studied by the investigators, it would go a long way to enhance their performance. The Deputy Director General of CID further entreated the passed out to exhibit high sense of dedication, sacrifice and professionalism in their field of work.

He enjoined them, as law agents to stay neutral and impartial in the discharge of their duties, saying any act of indiscipline and insubordination that adversely affect the Police Corporate Image would not be accepted.