Officers trained on firearms handling

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The National,Monday June 27th, 2016

POLICE officers’ lack of skill to handle firearms has prompted the police hierarchy to conduct refresher courses to better equip them, a senior officer says.
Training commander Perou N’dranou has urged police trainees to do their best with the skill they gained from the weeklong firearms handling training course.
“We will continue to do our best in everything we like to do.
“That is providing the right training to the operational front,” he said during the closing of the training.
“A lot of our members in the operational front are tasked and demanded to work.
“The most important thing is you gained something.
“Now, go out and teach the men under you, or even be the example.”
N’dranou said despite the slow response from the management in funding the training programme, they went on with the course because it was important for them to follow it according to the law.
“For the training itself, we have submitted the proposal to the management but the response is to slow.
“So, we just push forward to see if they could support it, without waiting for them.
“The training is important, that’s why it happened. I wouldn’t fund it if it is not important.
“I’ve been telling them the right approach to using firearms, legally. Just having the weapon doesn’t give you authority to do anything you want to do with it.
“You need to follow it according to the law, you need to use that tool as the law required.”
N’dranou said the same training would be done next week in all police stations in the National Capital District and later in the provinces.