In a bid to counteract the riotous and mischievous behavior of some Prison inmates in their care as well as arresting the challenge of deviant officers, the Prisons Service in collaboration with the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), has successfully trained 90 prison officers in a series of Basic Intelligence Course organized at the Prisons Officers’ Training School (POTS), in Accra.
The officers, drawn from all the 43 Prison establishments were taken through topics such as, Functions, Mission and Vision of the Ghana Prisons Service; The Prisons Service in the National Security Framework; Guests and Visitors Control and Profiling in Internal Security; Target Penetration and Intelligence Gathering; Clandestine Communication; Elicitation and Interviews; Source Cultivation and Handling; Report Writing and Surveillance.
The principal aim of the course is to enhance the capacity of Prisons personnel to enable them gather intelligence on inmates, ex-convicts, prison officers and persons whose activities are perceived to be a threat to the security of the prisons and the country at large and also report same to the appropriate authorities for necessary action to be taken before any unpleasant eventuality.
Delivering his speech at the closing ceremony, the Commandant of the Prison Officers’ Training School (POTS), DDP K.K Kpeli, stressed the need for a generator to be installed at the school to arrest the challenge of power outages that makes it difficult for course participants to attend lectures.
He recommended that in order for the course to have more beneficial impact on the Service in future, the Prisons Service should incorporate the Intelligence Course into the curriculum of Recruit and Cadet training programmes. Mr.Kpeli further suggested that there should be a conscious effort to establish a Prisons Intelligence Unit (PIU), whose core functions will include gathering intelligence on criminals and escapees as well as officers whose activities pose security threat to the Service and the country at large.
Lectures for the various topics were delivered by eight facilitators drawn from the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) with one coming from Prison Officers’ Training School.
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