Strengthening the capacities of the Ghana Police Services ahead of the General Elections
Client name: UK Department for International Development (DFID)
Duration: May 2016 - December 2016
The 2016 General Elections in Ghana bring with them the risk of election-related violence. The Ghana Police Services will be at the forefront of violence prevention of and response. The police will need to create a safe environment for citizens to realise their democratic right and to ensure high voter turn-out. To be better equipped to provide a safe environment for citizens, the police services need to improve their professionalism, openness, transparency and accountability. Police command and personnel require top-notch technical advice on incident response during the elections, along with training in the areas of human rights, communication and stakeholder engagement.
In recognition of these needs, our team provides support to the Ghana Police Services. This project forms part of the larger UK government funded, Deepening Democratic Governance Programme, which aims to assist both state and non-state entities in Ghana, and to improve the transparency, accountability and inclusiveness of the electoral process.
Our team is guiding the design of the Incident and Public Order Management Manual, which will serve as guidance for the Ghana Police Service. The manual draws on international best practice, but has been tailor-made for the Ghanaian context. It places emphasis on the human rights approach and response sensitivity towards the most vulnerable members of the society. The manual will be used for police training beyond the elections.
The workshops, combined with the Incident and Public Order Management Manual and other forms of awareness-raising products (including an aide memoir and booklets), are to reach over 30,000 police staff.
We are also providing a series of seminars and training of trainer workshops for the police regarding public order tactical response and command. All trainings are interactive and responsive to the participants’ needs. So far they have been received with enthusiasm by participating commanders and police officers.
Finally, our police experts are providing technical advice to the Ghana Police Services’ senior management prior to and during the elections period.
We understand that safe elections depend on the police services’ strengthened capacities. Our project aims to train 230 police personnel, who represent over 70% of regional commands. Training participants are expected to cascade down the acquired knowledge and skills to officers in their respective commands. The workshops, combined with the Incident and Public Order Management Manual and other forms of awareness-raising products (including an aide memoir and booklets), are to reach over 30,000 police staff.