The Interior Ministry will review the procedures used to induct new recruits into the Ghana Police Service in order to rid the service of what it has referred to as "criminals".
According to the Interior Minister, Mr. Ambrose Dery, instances where policemen were involved in felonious activity like armed robbery could have been avoided if due diligence was taken during the recruitment of new police officers.
“How do you have policemen becoming armed robbers? It means that the recruitment wasn’t well done. If we had investigated the background of these people, I am sure they would not have been recruited,” he said.
The recently sworn in Interior Ministers said that the government intends to win back the public's confidence by cleaning up the police service.
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Interior Minister Dery said that the move by the ministry was a step towards fulfilling one of the the New Patriotic Party's campaign promises of making sure the recruitment process into the public services devoid of corrupt practices.
"One of the things we [NPP] in the manifesto is to make sure that we recruit devoid of cronyism and corrupt practices and to make sure that the people we get are qualified, properly trained, properly equipped and then we expect that they will deliver," he said.
These comments come barely a week after the IGP moved to cull over 200 new recruits from the Ghana Police Service due to what was referred to as their inability to meet the academic requirements.