The Ghana Police service is by the laws of Ghana mandated to keep law and order or protect lives and properties. In summation, they are responsible for the internal security issues of the country.
The Ghanaian constitution (chapter fifteen) states it clearly that, the police service shall be equipped and maintained to perform its traditional role of maintaining law and order. It also states that, there shall be a police council consisting of ten persons. Of all these appointments to the council, the President directly or indirectly does the appointment ostensibly to suit the incumbent government interest.
The constitution of the Regional Police Committee is also directly or indirectly controlled by the President of the day. Though contestable in some way, the various Regional, Municipal and District Police Command are usually headed by personnel recommended by Politicians of the day.
Glaring as it is to the public; the powers of the Ghana Police Service are hindered by the constitution of the country and hence would adversely breeding incompetence, corruption and nepotism. Enlistment into the Ghana Police Service is usually hijacked by the politicians and thus no due diligence in the process. This bad trend has paved way for recalcitrant and miscreants into the Police Service and hence their nefarious activities eroding public confidence in the Police Service.
Not only do politicians often interfere in the work of the Ghana Police Service but starve them of resources to work, resources such as vehicles, sophisticated weapons, accommodation and even financial clearance to enlist looking at the deficit ratio.
This starvation of resources has in one way or the other compelled or triggered the extortion of monies from the public with a little given chance by the personnel of the Ghana Police. One school of thought still cannot fathom why the Ghana Police has not been declared as a revenue generation agency cum security service that is, taking cognizance to how the unconstitutionally extort money from offenders of the law.
This country has on a number of incidents watched on in dismay and shock how personnel of the Ghana Police get killed or murdered by criminals with compensation to their families and even at worse their families going through hell to get their benefits. The fear of apprehending criminals suspected to be wielding sophisticated weapons has being a very big demoralizing factor so far as Policing in Ghana is concern.
The anti-security and disingenuous attitude of politicians thwarting the efforts of dealing with criminals because of political gains has also being a reason for the lackadaisical attitude of Police responding calls to deal with criminals.
The unyielding attitude of the ordinary citizens to giving leads to the police Service and expecting them to perform magic has not either helped in maintaining law and order. But this posture of the public partially has to do with the unprofessionalism on the part of some Police personnel in disclosing the identity of informants and exposing them to danger. This phenomenon has caused the death some informants in the country latest to me been the cases in WA and Bolgatanga.
Truth be told, we seem to be arranging our citizens for a new form of suicide all in the name Policing. The Ghana Police Service is as fragile as the ecological savanna zone of the three northern Regions.
We unduly blame personnel of the Ghana Police for up surge in crimes and inability to apprehend criminals ignoring the actions and inactions of the protected and those at the helm of affairs.
Isn’t it a pity seeing Police personnel live in those cubicles with their families?
Isn’t it suicidal to deploy these personnel with those old and rickety or faulty weapons to match up with criminals with sophisticated weapons?
Why should they risk dismissal should they defy the orders of politicians?
Why should even an assembly member who has alliance to the incumbent government verbally abuse a District commander in Public and go Scot free?
Until we review our constitution to deal with much vested powers of the president appointing almost every head of the various sensitive institutions, the blame game will continue while insecurity in the nook and cranny of the country deter investor confidence.
Until we review the mode of recruiting persons into the Service, probably overlooking people with scares, short in height and the so called flat foot. The politicians will continue to see the service as a dumping site for their unemployed children and family members. Modern Policing has gone beyond the barbaric criteria of enlisting personnel into the Service. It now has to do with intelligence gathering.
The absence of refresher training and rigorous training for the various departments in the Police Service has also being a contributory factor to the ineptitude displayed by some of them and thus eroding public confidence in the Service.
The hypocrisy in you and I ought to stop and together we do the right. We know what to do to halt the growing insecurity in the country.
BY: AYAMGA BAWA FATAWU