Available statistics from the Eastern Regional Police Command indicate that about 1,119 recruits were trained at the Koforidua Police Training School last year, with 678 already at various districts and stations across the country.
This was made known in a speech delivered by the Commanding Officer (CO) of the school, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Raymond Adofiem, on Tuesday during an annual review programme.
The programme, which also coincided with the 60th Anniversary celebration of the school, was colourfully attended by the out-gone Eastern Regional Minister, Mr. Victor Smith, senior police officers, and some well-known people in Koforidua.
The review programme was aimed at taking stock of the current capacity, performance and challenges confronting the training school during the year under review, in order to map out strategies to address them.
The school, since its inception, has trained several top class police personnel, including the current Director General and Human Resource Development of the Service, the Eastern Regional Commander DCOP Kwabena Gyemera Yeboah, and Supt Kofi Sarpong.
According to the CO of the training school, feedback intercepted by his office from supervisors has been positive to the extent that most officers frequently call to find out when new constables would pass-out from the school.
He said this was achieved through the hard work of instructors and different training contents, not because the school has the best of qualified trainers, but through the proficiency of the training technology.
DSP Adofiem mentioned training methodology, innovation and creativity of strengthening between theory and practice, as the few technology brought to enforce the training programmes of the school.
He suggested that differentiated learning and methodology could be used to achieve uniformed standards, which can also advance instructional centered and lecture delivery to trainee centered and assessment, and research driven training.
Without compromising with the personnel training on the quality of human resources turned out by the school, training, according to DSP Adofiem, has increasingly been focused on current crime trends, taking cognisance of new developments in all areas of crime fighting, including scientific crime methods.
Despite the numerous achievements of the school, it has suffered and continues to face some challenges that call for immediate redress, in order to ensure effective and necessary training of the recruits.
Notably among the challenges was lack of a shooting range since the establishment of the school in December28, 1952, as recruits are bused from either Accra or Ho in the Greater Accra and Volta Region respectively, during a shooting exercise.
But, through the support of the Chief of Huhunya, a farming community in the Yilo Krobo District, and one Opanin Ayeh Construction Company, has transformed the land into a standard shooting range for use very soon.
The CO of the school has called on the government and philanthropists in the region to support the training school in its quest to produce standard personnel, since the final consumer would be the country and respective communities they would be posted to.