Selected Police personnel from 11 African countries have undergone explosive recognition and awareness training to combat explosive-related threats by terrorists and extremists.
The two-week training dubbed: “Explosives Hazards Awareness Training (EHAT) of Trainers,” drew participants from Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cameron, Egypt, Benin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Gambia.
Held at the Ghana Police Command and Staff College, Winneba in the Central Region, the training programme, the first of its kind, was sponsored by the British Government, the African Union, and the Ghana Police Service (GPS).
Addressing the closing session of the programme, Commissioner of Police (COP) Mr Christian Tetteh Yohunu, Director-General of Administration, GPS, said for law enforcing officers whose operational assignments went beyond their individual national boundaries to international peace-keeping operations, the EHAT course was a useful tool in bridging their knowledge gap in identifying threats, proper management of explosives, to encountering activities of rogue non-state armed fighters.
COP Yohunu hinted that Specialised Professional Development courses, such as the EHAT, would be introduced at the College in future to enrich the knowledge of officers in key institutions including the National Intelligence Bureau, the Economic and Organised Crime Office, the Ghana Immigration Service, the Ghana National Service, other security services, financial institutions, among others.
Mr Steve O’Donoghoe, Police Advisor, British Peace Support Team (BPST), Africa, said the training was timely as it would develop the capacity of police personnel to confront the threats of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED).
Certificates were presented to participants and special awards to the overall best and also some course facilitators.
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