The security force of the state, responsible for the prevention and detection of crime and the maintenance of public law and order is the Police Service. They are supposed to be friends of the residents in the community where they protect life and property.
This responsibility could be carried out in a more professional manner if the period of time used to train new police personnel is extended beyond the current six months period.
It is evidently clear that the six months period used to train new recruits is woefully inadequate.
This Mr. Kwabena Frimpong, a social commentator sees as a setback on the effective Police Service the nation seeks to achieve.
On Friday 22nd May 2020, Mr Kwabena Frimpong lamented on Boss fm Morning show, hosted by Wofa Kofi Appiah, that as a result of the shorter period used in training the personnel recruited into the police service, there seems to be a rush on the training and this does not help in any way as they fail to acquire the necessary professional skills needed for effective policing. He has therefore called for a national discourse on the issue for the necessary amendments to be effected.
Mr. Frimpong in his submission posited that most of the actions taken by some police personnel expose them as not been much equipped for the needed professional skills for the job. This he said is evident from the manner in which many police personnel respond to matters when called to duty. He cited an instance of a case which he personally chanced upon a policeman compelling someone who had not put on a nose mask to buy one from the nearby seller by force. He personally wanted to give a nose mask to the person to resolve the matter amicably, but the policeman insisted on the person buying one from the seller. This behaviour of the policeman portrayed him as a businessman and not as a paece officer.
“The Police as we know are supposed to be friends of the citizenry but we see otherwise”, Mr Frimpong opined. He sorrowfully cited another scenario where a driver who has lost his way in the Kumasi city asked for direction from a policeman on duty but was blatantly refused.
He continued that the attitude put up by some policemen when they are effecting arrest of a suspect leaves much to be desired. They exhibit violent conduct that brings the name of the noble profession into disrepute.
Mr Frimpong continued that recently a driver reportedly lost control of his steering wheel and rammed his car into a stationary truck on the shoulder of the road, killing a precious and an innocent soul, all because a policeman was chasing him for not wearing a nose mask, a situation that could have been avoided if professionalism was a play.
“I do not blame the policemen, but rather the shorter period of their training’ he lamented.
He, therefore, recommended refresher courses to be held for serving officers apart from extending the period of training for new recruits. This he said will go a long way to ensure that the right personnel are employed into the service to ensure a high sense of professionalism in all their daily activities.