As a result of a reassessment of the police training program to improve students’ ability to respond to current criminal trends, all new officers who graduate from the police training school can now swim and drive.
Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, the Inspector General of Police, revealed this at a lecture on policing for the general public at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
The IGP claims that the police training school program has been modified to be more useful and efficient.
“The training school module has been changed to make it 75% practical and 25% theoritical. Now all new police officers who leave the training school can swim and drive as part of the training so they can meet the criminals anywhere. If the criminals choose to swim, the officers will meet them. We are taking all necessary measures to ensure that we protect lives and properties”.
The IGP also mentioned that the Police intend to set up a virtual police station so that people may lodge complaints online.
“We are looking forward to a period where we will have virtual police station. Where you don’t have to show up at the police station.
“You just make your complain virtually and then we will send you all the information. And we can even virtually also invite the suspect which is data processing.
“And we evaluate and think that it is something that we can virtually do than to show up at the police station and be unattended to and all that. So, we have a lot of work to do, but internally with a press of a button you can send messages to every police officer across the country instantly,” the police chief said.
“From headquarters to regional level we send documents electronically that we need not to find people to come pick it up and do that,” Dr. Dampare added.