Re-examine training methodology for Police – Antwi-Danso

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The Dean of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), Dr Vladimir Antwi-Danso, has called for a review of the training methodology for persons recruited into the Police service and other security agencies.

There is the need to thoroughly assess persons being recruited into the service, he said.

He was speaking in an interview with TV3 in relation to the Police shooting incident that occurred at the Islamic Senior High School in Kumasi on Monday June 13.

Dr Antwi-Danso told TV3’s Judith Awortwi-Tandoh that “It is rather very unfortunate that year in, year out, virtually, consistently, crowd control always turns awry.

“There will be demonstrations, there will be riots but unfortunately most of our rioting end up with Police confrontation, it is bad. Recrafting the training methodologies is also important.

“What kind of people are we recruiting into the Police service or any other service? What kind of training are we giving them? Because crowd control, crowd dispersal and crisis management is a science, we need to learn it.”

Meanwhile, following the shooting on Monday, the Deputy Regional Commander in the Ashanti Region, DCOP Kwesi Akomea Apraku has been removed.

This was after the Inspector General of Police Dr George Akuffo Dampre led a team to the area to assess the situation.

Portions of a statement issued by the Police after the IGP’s visit said “It was further established that even though nobody was hit by a bullet the Police handling of the incident was poor and fell short of our standard operating procedure on crowd control.

“As a result, DCOP Kwesi Akomeah-Apraku who was acting as the Regional Commander has been removed from his position and has been interdicted. Two other officers, ACP Mr George Ankomah, the Regional Operations Officer and ACP Mr Alex Cudjoe Acquah, the Suame Divisional Police Commander have also been interdicted to make way for a thorough investigations into the matter.”

Over thirty students of the Islamic Senior High School were rushed to the hospital after the police allegedly fired tear gas and live bullets to disperse students who were demonstrating over incessant vehicular knockdown.

Worried parents stormed the school to demand for the release of their wards on Monday June 13.

The affected students were conveyed to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) and other hospitals in Kumasi.

“I should be worried but some of them have been resituated . we will follow to the hospital and see how they are doing,” Madam Mary Owusu Afriyie, the Regional Education Director told journalists.

By Laud Nartey||Ghana

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