Two hundred and seventy-six (276) Security personnel drawn from Police, Immigration, and the Ghana Ambulance Services have been taken through 67 days of rigorous training in combating counter-terrorism and violent crimes at the Counter-Terrorism and Concentration Camp at Huhunya in the Eastern Region.
This is the third batch of security personnel trained in this year’s Course.
The training was anchored in building skills and confidence of the Service Personnel in combating insurgency and electoral related violent crimes, enhance inter-operationability and Coordination among the security services, border security, and building public confidence.
The Course participants performed various simulation exercises including electoral violence and displayed their professionally acquired skills in combatting them.
Addressing a send-off parade for the beneficiary security Personnel, the Eastern Regional Police Commander, DCOP Akrofi -Oyirifi Edward Johnson said the Police Administration will continue to build the capacity of personnel to equip them with the skills and knowledge to deal with emerging sophisticated crimes.
He however advised the beneficiary security personnel to resist the urge of unleashing their robotic and agile skills to intimidate and brutalize innocent civilians adding that they must submit to the democratic dictates of the constitution.
The Head of Border Management at the GIS, Commissioner of Immigration(COI), Mr. Isaac Owusu Mensah said the Immigration Personnel trained during the exercise would form the nucleus of a new unit at the National Headquarters of the Ghana Immigration Service called the Rapid Response and Counter-Terrorism Unit to be replicated in all Regional commands of the service to help efficiently police Ghana’s Border and avert acts of terrorism.
Additionally, some 500 Immigration Personnel are to be trained by the end of August in this regard.
Executive Director of National Ambulance Service Professor Ahmed Nuhu Zakaria on his part appealed that the service to be equipped with the necessary security accouterments to enable it to rise up to the occasion in case of any national security emergency.