The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH refurbished and furnished three of the National Police Training School and the Ghana Police Academy in Accra. The refurbished classrooms were equipped with 57 computers, six-in-one work stations, two white boards and books on Training System, Accountability and Community Policing – the three areas of cooperation. The refurbished facilities will support the the training of police officers and recruits in information technology and support the use of computers for learning, research and future work of the police in addressing internet fraud, cyber crimes and other prevailing crimes in Ghana.
The facility was funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and implemented by GIZ as part of the ‘Program to Build and Strengthen Police Structures in Selected Partner Countries in Africa (Police Program).’ H.E. Mr Daniel Krull, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ghana, said the German government chose to support Ghana because it was impressed with Ghana’s democratic history and respect for human rights among considerations. Ambassador Krull encouraged the Ghana Police Service to continue striving for professionally trained police officers. He encouraged the service to build a police service that had public trust and that proactively clamped down on police misconduct and prevented crime through building strong relationships with citizens.
A statement from Acting Inspector General of Police Dr George Akuffo Dampare said the Ghana Police Service was committed to becoming a world-class police service that was capable of delivering planned, democratic, protective and peaceful service that meet the standards of international best practices. The service established a digital complaints management software at all four regional offices of the Police Professional Standards Bureau and GIZ provided support for the piloting of community policing by providing 15 motorbikes, 57 public address systems, projectors, screens and laptops.
“Together we are also developing an aide-memoire on community policing for police officers and a brochure that shares our beliefs and concepts with the wider public…“Furthermore, we are developing a training course that helps us to train our police officers in the districts on our visibility and community policing practices.”Dr George Akuffo Dampare | Acting Inspector General, Ghana Police Service
Dr. Dampare thanked the German government for making Ghana a beneficiary of this important programme. He urged GIZ and the Police to continue building themes and synergies to ensure that the program objectives were achieved.