Several Police recruits cannot read and write basic English – Report

It has emerged that some recruits of the Ghana Police Service cannot read, write and understand the official English Language even to the point of resorting to the archaic way of thumb printing documents instead of penning their signatures.

“It is so sad to find men and women today who cannot read and write who have to go to the bank and thumbprint”, the Deputy Director of the Transformation Program Office of the Ghana Police, DSP Henry Ayisi raised concerns over the quality of some police personnel recruited into the Service.

“Oh my God! Why should it happen to us and the underpinning factor is politics” he lamented, pointing out that political interference in the recruitment process is hurting the quality of personnel recruited into the service lately.

He said some personnel are handpicked and promoted over others, a situation he said is affecting the quality of performance of the policing institution in Ghana raising concerns of how billions of cedis is being paid for accommodation for its personnel when they could have worked out something to have their own police housing scheme.

DSP Ayisi who raised these concerns at a training workshop for the police organised by the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) in partnership with the Ghana Police Service (GPS), also bemoaned the practice where sometimes they have some Metropolitan, Municipal District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) ordering the police to free people they had arrested.

The Programme seeks to engage and discuss challenges facing the police service and the way forward with the transformational agenda set by the service.