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GHANA POLICE COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE 2024


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1. BACKGROUND
Enhancing Human Security in any democratic state is extremely important as the nexus between development and security.  The Republic of Ghana is a stable democratic country with a population of 24 million with land surface of 92,100 square miles (238,540 square kilometers with 32,000 Police Officers.

Ghana Police College (GPC) was established in 1959 in Tesano, Accra to train officers as the newly independent state’s policy of Africanization of the security services was put into operations.  Prior to this all Senior Police Officers were trained in the United Kingdom.  Ghanaian Police  Officers sought further advanced training at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), the Nigerian Police Command and Staff College (NPCSC) and other foreign institutions like Bramshill in the United Kingdom (UK).  Courses in these institutions are organized on adhoc basis and not really focus on Law Enforcement Training.

Currently, Nigerian is the only country within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) that has an advanced Police College.  Hence, the need to have a second advanced college.

 Within the past decade there has been an upsurge in national and transnational organized criminal activities which invariably could be linked to the systematic proliferation of small arms and light weapons, drugs from Latin America, political instability in the West African conflict system and extremism.

Natural disasters of varying proportions are in the increase and their impacts on development are pronounced.  Further, the lapses in border management systems, the rising incidence of drug and human trafficking and the lacklustre police response to some crisis situations, ethnic, chieftaincy and land disputes contribute to some level of insecurity which must be addressed.
The implications of domestic and cross border crimes, migration problems and disaster are serious threats and robs nations particularly developing ones such as Ghana, the gains of sustained development.

To facilitate the enhancement of human security with particular reference to the above listed challenges, the establishment of a Command and Staff College for the Ghana Police Service need not be over emphasized. 

2. THE COLLEGE
The Ghana Police Command and Staff College (GPCSC) herein known as the College is a Higher Educational Institution of the Ghana Police Service with Courses designed to provide Quality Professional and Practical Training and Skills Development for Senior Police Officers with the view to enhancing their Command, Staff, Operational and Managerial Capacities.

3. OBJECTIVES
The College aims at creating the required platform to improve community security by building greater police capacity to provide and deliver an effective Law Enforcement service.  Community security, increased confidence in the police and rule of law improve the quality of life for citizens.  This is essential to maintain the solid state of peace and security in Ghana.
The objectives will be achieved by increasing the capacity of the Ghana Police Service to train and develop its officers and by enhancing policing capacity particularly within the Command and Staff level.  This also calls for an institutional development through continued support to upgrade the College infrastructure.
Within the past decades, citizens, governments, development partners and communities have lost billions worth of property, several thousands in human life as a result of insecurity across the West African conflict system.  In Ghana, effective policing coupled with enhanced human security would reduce any such insecurities and work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Effective policing demands Command and Staff Officers receiving modern and advanced training in Law Enforcement.  It is this gap that the Ghana Government and the Ghana Police Service have recognized.  

Two (2) Presidential Commissions, namely; the Tibiru (1986) and Archer (1997) Commissions recommended the setting up of an advance Police Command and Staff College for the Ghana Police Service. Subsequently two (2) other Committees, to wit; Abudu and Joana Osei-Poku Committees were set up in 2001 and 2005 respectively by the Police Administration to bring up recommendations for the establishment of a Police Command and Staff College.  The recommendations of these two (2) Committees were not implemented.

It is in this context that the current Police Administration finds it compelling to take pragmatic steps to ensure the establishment of this strategic institution, notwithstanding the structural and logistics constraints of the College.

The College is to provide excellent opportunities for self-directed personal and professional development with the view to building up capacities at the Operational, Tactical and Strategic Levels for Police Commanders and Staff Officers to enhance their service delivery. This epitomizes the motto of the College that is “Leadership and Professionalism”.  The College will be a Center of Excellence to serve Ghana and the global world.

4. SHORT NAME FOR THE COLLEGE
The short name for the College is GPCSC (i.e. Ghana Police Command and Staff College).




5. STRUCTURE
The College is structured to run three (3) Courses;
 (i) a Junior Command Course (JCC)
(ii) Intermediate Command Course (ICC) and 
(iii) a Senior Command Course (SCC).  
This is correspondingly categorized into three (3) thematic levels of study, namely: 
Operational (for the JCC), 
Tactical (for the ICC) 
and Strategic (for the SCC).  
The College will serve as a learning center to track learning carry out research on policing practice which will inform the training content.  The College will a strong linkage between Peacekeeping or Peace Support Operations (PSOs) such as United Nations Police (UNPOL) Operations will be captured on ongoing basis to help refine the training content to meet International Policing Standards.  The College will also serve as the Center for Policy discussions on emerging issues on crime and trends in policing, and other security sectors which will be fed into the training content.

Gender and Policing
The College will have a strong and focus policy to have at least 30% of its students as females Officers.  Thus, matching Ghana’s commitment to implementation of Resolution 1325, the UNDP – Eight Point Agenda and other UN Resolutions on Gender.

6. THE JUNIOR COMMAND COURSE (JCC)
Trainees for this course are drawn from the ASP and DSP Ranks.  This covers Command and Staff Duties.

7. THE INTERMEDIATE COMMAND COURSE (ICC)
Trainees here are drawn from the Superintendent and Chief Superintendent Ranks.  This covers Middle Level Command Duties.

8. THE SENIOR COMMAND COURSE (SCC)
This attracts Commanders of the ranks of Assistant Commissioners and above.  This covers High Command Duties

 9. THE MOTTO
The Motto of the College is “Leadership and Professionalism”.  This underpins the objective of the College Programme.  That is to turn out world class Commanders and Staff Officers with the requisite Skills and Knowledge to enhance their performance.

THE LOGO/CREST
The Logo of the College is made up of a normal crest embossed with a book and two (2) Laurel Leaves indicating an exclusive Educational Institution for Senior Police Officers.



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