Police Counter Terrorism Enactment Camp trains nearly 4,000 personnel under 1 year

 Police Counter Terrorism Enactment Camp, CTEC, located at Akaa-Kyeremanteng in the Okere District of the Eastern Region has trained a total of 3,565 personnel in counter terrorism and high-risk management operations within 11 months of its establishment.

Founding commandant of the camp, Chief Superintendent, Wejong Ali Raymond Adofiem, who disclosed this at the passing out some 316 personnel, said the 3,565 were drawn from the Police, Fire, Immigration, CEPS and National Ambulance

Established on June 14 2020, the Police Counter Terrorism Enactment Camp, CTEC, set itself up to redefine the operational strategies of the security services in view of emerging sophisticated crime especially terrorism, cross border and other violence crimes.

The largely practical based training camp equips participants with counter terrorism and high-risk operational response tactics, community engagement approaches marksmanship, violence extremism operations, obstacle identification and crossing, endurance among others.

In less than 11 months of its existence, the Counter Terrorism Enactment Camp, CTEC, located within the mountain enclave of Akaa-Kyeremanteng, in the Okere District of the Eastern Region, has trained a total of 3,565 personnel from all the services under the Interior Ministry, with the Immigration service dominating, producing a total of 2,240 participants.

The Thursday May 6 graduation saw a total of 316 personnel drawn from the Immigration Service 249 personnel, Police, 56 and National ambulance 11, with18 females.

The three-week high risk operational and counter terrorism training provided the participants with the needed skills to adequately respond to all levels of threats to national security of the country.

At a ceremony to mark the end of the training, the highly spirited trainees displayed their readiness to combat all forms of crimes and threats.

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They displayed to the admiration of the guests, some of the combat skills they had acquired during the training, including Booby Traps Identification, Marksmanship, Obstacle Crossing, Rappelling, Steeple Chase, Range Work among others

The Deputy Eastern Regional Commander of the Ghana Immigration Service, DCI, Prudence Aku Sosu, observed, the programme is a solid foundation for inter-agency collaboration and community integration to facilitate the combating of crime.

She said the selection of personnel from the various agencies would help them combine their strengths to compensate for each other’s weaknesses in order to provide a cutting edge counter terrorism defense at any given time.

“We are not ignorant of the numerous threats lurking at our nation’s doorsteps. Terrorism and Radicalism can rear their ugly heads at any time, ” she said

DCI Sosu, urged the combatants to make good use of the knowledge and skills they had acquired and also play their role with pride, professionalism and integrity.

She called on the beneficiaries to exhibit the highest level of discipline at their respective stations.

“Your high spirit and enthusiasm covertly mask the broken and bruised bodies beneath your uniforms. I encourage you to carry the same attitude in the execution of your daily duties; in spite of the numerous challenges we face as security personnel,” she said.

DCI Prudence Aku Sosu, asked the beneficiaries to engage with their communities to maximize results in their fight against crime as “without the people, we are ultimately bound to failure.”

She further urged the personnel to ensure that they keep their networking and updated each other about new threats and emerging trends in transnational organized crime as they are the hope of our nation.

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The Deputy Eastern Regional Police Commander, DCOP, Peter Baba Atianak, warned the trainees to ensure that they do not use the skills acquired to maltreat the citizenry but impact the knowledge to their colleagues to enhance efficiency in dealing with challenges that may confront them in the field of operation.

The commandant of the camp, Chief Superintendent Wejong Ali Raymond Adofiem admonished the participants not to abuse the power and authority gained from the training but to use it to protect the citizenry.

By Peter Adattor|3news.com|Ghana