From David Allan Paintsil, Cape Coast
The Director General of the Police Service in charge of Human Resource Development, DCOP Dr. Peter Wiredu, has hinted that the police administration would recruit 16, 000 personnel between 2011 and 2014 to beef up the security system in the country.
“The Police Administration is poised to recruit 16, 000 personnel for all categories in the police service from now to the year 2014”, he said, explaining that some accommodation have been made available and that before the first batch passes out, those bungalows would have been completed.
DCOP Dr. Wiredu gave the hint at the Central Regional Police Headquarters in Cape Coast during a recruit exercise.
According to him, government placed temporary ban on the recruitment of police personnel in 2009, owing to lack of accommodation, but now the ban has been lifted resulting in the recruitment exercise this year that is expected to run through 2014, in which about 16,000 youth are expected to be recruited into the service.
He explained further that the current recruitment exercise has targeted the Senior High School (SHS) graduates, emphasizing that a new advertisement would be placed in the media for those with vocational skills and other professional background for another recruitment exercise.
He added that there are six Police Training Schools in the country with each having a capacity of 2,300 recruits at a go that was why recruitments are being done in series.
The Commanding Officer at the Accra Police Training School, ACP James Azuma Abass Abaah, who led a team of police personnel to conduct the recruitment exercise said they were there to recruit as many as they could by their standards.
He said the two-day exercise took into consideration the academic qualification of applicants, who are supposed to have four credits in SHS subjects, including English language and Mathematics, adding that applicants would go through physical body check, short academic tests in essay writing, comprehension , dictation and general paper, to see whether documents presented were valid.
ACP Abass Abaah told the press that the selection process has been open and is transparent, and advised applicants not to pay money to anybody with the intention of securing him or her a place in the police service. The recruitment exercise team is expected to leave for the Eastern Regional capital, Koforidua, for the next exercise.