GIS, Police Complete High Risk Course
One hundred and ninety one personnel
of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) and Ghana Police Service (GPS) have
completed a three-week intensive counter terrorism training in Huhunya in the
The purpose of the first ever joint
training in counter terrorism, codenamed High Risk Operation Survival, was to
enhance the combat fitness, weapon handling, shooting skills, willpower, and
speed among others, of participants.
As part of the training, the participants
undertook lessons in Taekwondo (unarmed combat), advance weapon and firing
techniques, tactical progression, vehicle search, and crowd control. The rest
are mountaineering, navigation exercise and rapid-response and rescue
operations on land and in water.
The Head of Border Management,
Commissioner of Immigration (COI) Isaac Owusu Mensah who addressed the
personnel at a closing ceremony on behalf of the Comptroller-General of
Immigration (CGI) commended participants for their determination, discipline
and display of professionalism throughout the training.
He noted that the once peaceful West
African sub region was gradually being consumed by terrorism and
terrorist-related activities, and that; Ghana could only hold itself in
readiness to curb any terrorist attack. “The training for the two security
services is really timely” he added.
COI Mensah reiterated the commitment
of management of GIS to decentralize the newly formed Rapid Response Unit
across the regional commands to enable it respond quickly at any possible
terror attack at the frontiers.
He expressed gratitude to the
Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and the Police Command for the training given
to officers of the GIS.
On his part, the Director-General of
Operations of the Police Service, COP/Mr. Alex Mensah who spoke on behalf of
the IGP urged the personnel to be alert, creative and analytical in confronting
the menace of modern day crime that kept changing. “You are going out to serve
a highly critical public that is expecting more innovative ways of handling
security,” he added.
He admonished them to be disciplined
at all times, and asked them to read and inculcate in themselves the principles
outlined in the Service Instructions.