BRIEF HISTORY OF GHANA POLICE COLLEGE
Before the attainment of Ghana's independence, the Police Service depended largely on expatriate officers. A few Ghanaian Policemen of the inspectorate rank were, however, selected for training in British Police Institutions, notably, Hendon and Bramshill. On completion of their overseas courses, they were commissioned as Assistant Superintendents of Police.
The need to Africanise the Civil and Public Service after Ghana's independence on the 6th of March 1957 was acutely felt because it was no longer expedient to rely on the over-burdened and over- subscribed British and Western training facilities for the creation of a wholly indigenous and post- independent Ghana.
Consequently, the Ghana Police College was established in 1959. On the 4th of February 1959 the first batch of 14 Cadet Officers began the maiden course at the College. Since its inception, the College has run forty-three (44) Courses and the current one constitutes forty-fifth (45) Cadet Officers Course.
The Cadet Officers Course which is a career training program is designed for qualified personnel of the Inspectorate rank who pass a competitive entrance examination. In addition, a limited number of University Graduates are accepted for the Course as Direct Entrants after three months of Under-Cadet Training at the National Police Training School (NPTS) and practical attachment. On completion of the Cadets training, Officers are promoted to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASPs) and to be on probation for eighteen (18) months.
The major subjects taught at the College vary from time to time depending on the needs of the Service. Presently, subjects taught include Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Service Institution, Law of Evidence, Criminal Investigations, Act & Decrees, Practical Police Duties, Police Management, Ethics, Financial Administration, Social Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, Report Writing, Statistics, Map Reading, Risk and Conflict Management, Domestic Violence, Organised Crime, Police Media/Public Relations, Strategic Police Management, Health Education and Information Communication Technology. The College also offers the Cadet Officers weapon training.
Apart from the Cadet Officers