The Ghana Police Service (GPS) has rolled out its first tailor-made training for a cohort of 24 police inspectors.
The training course, which took place from May 16, 2022, to May 27, 2022, was based on manuals newly developed by the Service and facilitated by senior officers who had gone through a training of trainers.
Guided by its goal to further harmonise and standardise its training, the Police partnered with the “Programme to Build and Strengthen Police Structure in Selected Partner Countries in Africa” being implemented by German Development Cooperation, through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, with funding from the German Federal Foreign Office.
In 2021, a dedicated committee established by the GPS and consisting of training and topic experts, identified the required content for sergeants being promoted to the rank of inspectors.
Based on the assessment of needs, the training course was developed to equip future inspectors with the skills required to take up their new leadership role as station officers and officers in-charge of other management roles.
Thus, the 10-day course included 17 lessons in supervision, police accountability, community policing and Station Officer duties.
In March 2022, 25 trainers were trained over a period of two weeks on the developed course, focusing not just on the training content but also modern adult-learning methodologies.
At a closing ceremony on May 27, 2022, to mark the end of the piloted Inspectors Training, Chief Superintendent Samuel Okanta, Commanding Officer of the National Police Training School (NPTS), expressed appreciation regarding the training development process.
“On behalf of the Police Administration, I thank GIZ and the German Foreign Office for their immense support in the development of this training course and for giving the police full ownership throughout the development process. The same is true for all your highly appreciated support in the area of training,” he said.
Mr Philipp Niehenke, the GIZ Programme Manager for Ghana, said he was glad that the Director General-Human Resource Department, had identified very capable officers for the training of trainers.
He said the officers came with vast practical and training experiences as well as the required readiness to learn.