Station officers acquire counselling skills

IMG_7749FORTY station officers of the Ghana Police Service across the country were yesterday equipped with general counselling skills of victims at a two-day workshop in Accra.

The programme, besides seeking to upgrade the skills of the police personnel to enable them to execute their operations more efficiently, also, aimed at equipping participants with skills for handling both suspects and victims of domestic violence cases.

It was organised by the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund.

The Director-General of Special Duties, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Osabarima Oware Asare Pinkro III who opened the workshop, said the programme was to build on the already acquired capacities and skills of the police officers for efficient counselling to services to victims of abuse and other crimes emanating from matrimonial and other social relationships.

“Your duties as station officers are very important in transforming the wounded souls of domestic and gender-based violence victims to spirit of hope,” he said.

DCOP Pinkro III commended the UNFPA for supporting to DOVVSU to build the capacities of its personnel The National Coordinator of DOVVSU, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Habiba Twumasi-Sarpong, in a welcome address said station officers had important roles to play in domestic violence cases and therefore need such training to upgrade their skills.

By Anita Nyarko

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