The University of Cape Coast (UCC) has introduced special programmes to support the training of police personnel to meet the challenging and changing needs of policing.
The curriculum is premised on the philosophy that police training is more effective where professional skills and tactical training are combined with academic and intellectual education.
Two hundred and thirteen police officers from the Ghana Police Academy have been matriculated as part of the university’s admissions for the College of Distance Education (CoDE) this year to pursue various courses in peace and security.
The police personnel admitted included 189 males and 24 females, while 43 health personnel made up of 15 males and 28 females were also admitted under its specialised doctoral programmes.
At a matriculation ceremony for both the specialised students and mainstream students of the College of Distance Education admitted to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate programmes through distance for the 2021/2022 academic year, the Pro Vice Chancellor of the UCC,
Prof. Rosemond Boohene, said the university was ready to work with security agencies to improve security and enhance healthcare provision.
Increasing security threat
She indicated that societal problems had changed with the increasing threat to peace and the limits of traditional policing stretching to its maximum dexterity.
That, she said, underscored the need to upscale training and enhance the security abilities and articulate good security policies as well as enhanced the need for more competent professionals to meet the security and terrorism challenges in the country and beyond.
In all 9,168 college of distance education students matriculated to pursue undergraduate and post graduate programme in education, business and social sciences through the distance mode.
They included 3,669 males and 3,956 females undergraduate students and 848 males and 695 females for postgraduate programmes.
Prof. Boohene noted that though the police service had chalked a lot of success in combating crime over the years, there was still the need to train them in counter terrorism activities to fully equip them to protect the citizens of the country.
She said the university would continue to introduce other health related programmes through engagement with key stakeholders in the health sector to train competent human resource to boost quality healthcare in the country and to also ensure universal health coverage for all Ghanaians.
Prof. Boohene said the university prided itself on training students with character and academics and it was important students worked to comport themselves.
She emphasised that the rules and regulations were for the purpose of pushing students to achieve their optimum and entreated the students to abide by them, saying the university would for its part, support them to achieve their academic goals.
The Registrar of the university, Jeff Teye Onyame administered the matriculation oaths to the matriculants.