- A former police Inspector has revealed that recruitment into police service is based on party lines.
- He has called for an overhaul of the recruitment system in the service.
- Inspector Asamoah as called for much attention to be paid to the service to equip them in order to fight terrorism.
A former Chief Inspector of the Ghana Police Service, Chief Inspector Michael Asamoah (Rtd), has disclosed that most of the recruitment done into the police service currently is based on one’s affiliation to a political party.
He noted that this reason accounts for the reason why the police force is churning out half-baked and uneducated policemen. He also added that this reason accounts for the falling standards in the police service.
Speaking on Asempa FM on measures put in place to avert a possible terrorist attack in the country, Inspector Asamoah hinted that all the security agencies have been politicized and that the politicization has resulted in unqualified people gaining entry to either the police, military or immigration. He further cited an example of how training into the police service has been slashed from was nine months to three months.
Chief Inspector Asamoah, who was stationed at Bolgatanga in the Upper East region, said Ghana can have a robust police service, only if politicians abstain from interfering in recruitment.
He stated that the lack of accommodation and unavailability of telephone facilities are derailing efforts by the police and military patrol teams to combat crime. He also questioned why people who cannot read nor write be passed out as policemen, because they are affiliated to a political party
On the way forward, he called on government to resource the police service to be ever ready to prevent any terrorist attack in the country. He also urged Ghanaians to be citizen vigilantes and report any suspicious characters to the police for prompt action.
Source: The Ghanaian Observer