Police build capacity on gender-based issues

ACP. Habiba Twumasi Sarpong, acting DOVSU Co-ordinator

ACP. Habiba Twumasi Sarpong, acting DOVSU Co-ordinator

A three-daY training workshop to strengthen the capacity of the police to appropriately respond to the surge of sexual and gender-based abuse, has opened in Kumasi.

Forty Co-ordinators of the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU), and Instructors who are attending the programme will be taken through a wide range of topics including Human rights, Sexual and gender-based violence, Sexual and reproductive health rights, and Early and forced marriages.

It is being organised with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Habiba Twumasi Sarpong, acting National DOVVSU Co-ordinator, said the goal was to help them to deepen their understanding of a manual developed to provide protection for women, children and other vulnerable groups.

That, she said, had become necessary given the disturbing rise in gender-based violence.

She could not readily provide figures but noted that the abuse of women and children hit a record high last year.

ACP Twumasi Sarpong said there was an urgent need to adequately equip the police to detect, identify victims and give the necessary support to them to get justice.

She said it was important for the police to be familiar with the relevant national laws and policies to effectively tackle any breaches.

ACP Kwaku Osei Ampofo Duku, Deputy Ashanti Regional Commander, reminded officers and men of the service to be mindful of their actions and operate strictly within the law.

-GNA

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