Accra – Tuesday, July 13, 2021: The Office of the Head of Local Government Service (OHLGS) has commenced a series of trainings for its staff. The first in the series of trainings was for its security personnel. The training was facilitated by the C.E.O of Cardinal Security Services Ltd, Mrs. Mavis Bermudez. Present at the programme were the Director of Administration, Ms. Golda Grace Asante, the Director of Finance, Mr. Ekow Graves and some senior staff of the OHLGS.

In a brief opening remarks, the Head of Service, Ing. Dr. Nana Ato Arthur stressed the need for prioritization of training for security personnel to enhance their competence and foster productivity. He commended the Director of Administration for the initiative as well as the support of other staff of the OHLGS.

The Chief Director of the OHLGS, Mr. Oppong Mensah also made a remark at the workshop opening. He said building the capacity of security officers is a step in the right direction given that they serve as the first line of defense with regards to access to office accommodation and other property; maintenance of law and order among others. He said given the recent spike in reported security cases particularly in the Greater Accra Metropolis, there was the need to beef up security systems in the office by providing the security officers with the requisite training to keep them abreast with current security measures. He urged the participants to give their maximum attention and make the most of the opportunity offered.

Topics treated included responsibilities of the security officers, report writing, the use of occurrence book, qualities and conduct of an efficient security officer, the security officer at the scene of crime defensive tactics. Others included disciplinary matters, fire emergency procedure and first aid hazard identification. Participants also had hands on practical demonstrations. The training sessions were conducted in an interactive atmosphere were participants had opportunity to express their views and concerns.

Some key issues from the training session included the need to develop a security policy for OHLGS and sensitize staff on the policy; installation of CCTV within the office premises; the need to increase the number of security officers; retooling of the security unit and the creation of health and safety desk.

Training for middle level and other categories of staff will be held on Thursday and Friday July 15 & 16, 2021.

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