The fourth Detective Training Course of the Ghana Police Service (GPS) ended at the Detective Training Academy (DTA) at Tesano in Accra yesterday.
The 90 participants were drawn from the Ghana Police Service, Military Police, Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), Ghana Prisons Service, the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB), Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
They were presented with certificates after completing eight weeks of intensive training course in Criminal Investigation, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Crime Scene Management, Customer Care and Human Rights.
As part of their extracurricular activities, the participants undertook field trips to some selected courts, Nsawam Medium Security Prisons and the Police Hospital Mortuary.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr James Oppong-Boanuh, in a speech read on his behalf, called on Police personnel to respect civil liberties and human rights of civilians they had to deal with in the course of duty, saying this would have a far-reaching impact on their performance.
The IGP whose speech was read for him by the Director General of the CID, Commissioner of Police (COP) Mrs Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, said the detective graduates could only be effective if they demonstrated respect to the civil populace they serve.
“Do not forget that effective crime prevention and detection is anchored on the principle of shared responsibility between the police and the public”, he emphasised.
According to the IGP, criminal investigation required a lot of patience, sound judgment and emotional intelligence hence the training they had acquired from the various lecturers and facilitators.
Mr Oppong-Boanuh commended the British High Commission for sponsoring the programme and hoped that the cooperation between the two stakeholders would help make this world peaceful.
In her remarks, the Commandant of the DTA, Superintendent Grace Ansah-Akrofi, said the aim of training course was to sharpen their core competences in the area of criminal investigation.
Other speakers included the representative BHC, Madam Henrietta Wheal.
FROM SAMUEL OPARE LARTEY