Stop influencing the recruitment of Ghanaians into Security Services – Naa Yakubu

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Former Commander of the Formed Police Unit of the Ghana Police Service, Hamza Naa Yakubu, wants politicians to desist from influencing the recruitment of Ghanaians into the various arms of the security services.

Speaking to Host of the Morning Xpress, Neil Armstrong-Mortagbe, on Radio XYZ 93.1MHZ, the former Police Chief said the Police has done a lot to decrease the incidents of crime in the country, but some criminal activities that emanate from some security personnel is as a result of some politicians who influence the recruitment of personnel into the Police Service.

“Speaking the truth, we need to get politicians to get their hands off police or generally security enlistment so that people come in through established norms and means and then get in appropriately to offer whole and professional security to this country,” he advised.

Naa Yakubu’s comments come at a time 2018 has recorded the highest crime rate against previous years over the same period.

About 968 robbery cases were recorded in the first quarter of 2018 across the country, according to the Director of Operations at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, ACP Joseph Oklu Gyamera.

Robbery cases were 484, street robbery recorded were 172, residential robbery were 124 cases, workplace robbery recorded were 95, while highway robbery recorded were 49 cases.

Talking about the level of professionalism displayed by the Police in the wake of some Police officers being implicated in robbery, Naa Yakubu said “somehow, they [police] contribute to a percentage of what is going on”

He therefore advised the Police Service to ensure that those who are recruited into the Service are of high moral standards to prevent people with “criminal tendencies” from getting recruited into the security forces.

Touching on the training of Police personnel he stated that: “as for the training of Police personnel, we cannot say it is 100% perfect, but I know that the standards that are given out there are high enough.”

He however maintained that to reduce the number of Police personnel who are implicated in criminal activities the Police Administration ought to ensure that the stringent criteria recruitment are enforced at all levels and at all times.

Source: Henryson Okrah ||

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