Police brutality: Blame gov’t for recruitment of party foot soldiers

Dr Kwesi Aning has blamed government for the high rate of police brutality in recent times in the country.

The security analyst observed that unprofessionalism by police officers stem from the politicization of the Ghana Police Service by successive governments.

He argued that, the unprofessional manner in which they execute their duties and poor conducts are because they feel empowered by one party or another because they are mostly party foot soldiers hence affecting the output of the service from leadership down to the lowest ranking police officer.

“Over the past 40 years, police recruitments have been politicized and interfered with, to such an extent that there is an uncertainty with issues of discipline, promotion, and career.

“The levels of political interference are so fearful, the regulations of the police speak to 24 months of police training, six months in the school, 18 months on the job before you are let loose to deal with the public. Right now the 24 months period has been reduced to sometimes eight months or 9 months,” he said on Citi Breakfast show on Thursday.

The Security expert who described the level of politicization in the Ghana Police service as “fearful” added that Government has sidestepped the appropriate protocols in the police recruitment process.

He lamented the eroding confidence the public has in the Ghana Police and called on authorities to address the issue before it gets out of hands.

He called on Parliament to constitute a bipartisan commission to address issues relating some recent cases of police brutalities as well to help restore public confidence in the Ghana Police force.

“Parliament must say we need a bipartisan commission of experts to bring about a reformed agenda. We need a reform process that recognizes where we are and where we want to go.”

A Lance Corporal, Frederick Amanor, is in the news for assaulting one Patience Osafo, who was trying to withdraw money at a Savings and Loans company.

The police officer got physical after Patience Osafo refused to leave the banking hall with her grandchild because her money had not been given to her.

The incident was captured on video and went viral on social media sparking condemnation from the public.

Frederick Amanor’s case is one of the many assault cases on persons by the police in the country.

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