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Recruitment In The Police Service

 BY ASP Effia Tengey   

Many people have been victims of recruitment fraud over the years, whilst many more continue to suffer great financial losses through this fraudulent activity. Fraudsters in recent times do not have boundaries within which they operate, even when it has to do with the police.

One area fraudsters lately take undue advantage of is police recruitment where innocent and unsuspecting individuals are swindled under the pretext of getting them enlisted into the Service. Victims eventually realize that people they dealt with had no influence or input whatsoever on the entire recruitment exercise.

There have been instances where victims are alleged to have paid monies to the tune of GH¢3,000 and even more, to fraudsters in their (victims’) quest to be recruited into the Police Service. A typical case in point was the arrest and prosecution of some suspects of a police recruitment syndicate, including some police personnel, at the Police Hospital, where prospective recruits had assembled at about 2:00 am to undergo purported medical screening as part of the recruitment process. Many people had also been prosecuted and convicted of such fraudulent activities in the past.

It must be stressed that the Ghana Police Service does not employ agents to recruit people on its behalf therefore, people who easily fall to the schemes of such fraudsters normally do so at their own risk. The public must be extra vigilant and watch out for such miscreants.

Police Service Regulation 2012, C.I 76, defines recruitment as “the appointment of a person who was not previously a member of the Service to vacant posts in the Service.”

The Service recruits people from time to time through its Human Resource Development and Training Directorate, depending on the vacancies available and the special Human Resource needs of the Service. After a considerable assessment of its various needs, the Service, through its Public Affairs Department, places announcements in the media for the general public, where interested applicants could apply. The recruitment may be targeted at professionals from all disciplines or a general enlistment exercise.

Nationality Of Applicant

For a person to be eligible for recruitment, he should be a citizen of Ghana and without any previous convictions of offences involving moral turpitude, dishonesty or fraud or who has not been dismissed from any public service or employment. In other words, the applicant must not have any criminal records.

Personal Data Requirement

Basic information required of a prospective applicant includes some personal details such as name, date and place of birth, home town,  name and addresses of parents, if previously employed, the name and address of employer and reasons for leaving the employment, previous convictions and any other information that would be required by the Police Administration. For general enlistment exercises, the minimum age is 18 years and maximum is 25.

Physical Body Requirement

The applicant must be physically fit by police standards. The heights of applicants are also important with height limit of 5 feet 8 inches for males and 5 feet 4 inches for females.

Academic Qualifications

He/She must be a graduate of the Senior High School with impressive grades – usually four credits, including English Language and a pass or better in Mathematics. However, it must be noted that these requirements could be revised from time to time.

Interested persons who satisfy these basic requirements and possess the requisite qualifications prescribed in the job opportunity created could apply by purchasing a police recruitment form either from accredited post offices across the country or any other place as may be specified in the announcement.

After a successful completion of the form, the publication will also indicate designated points where such a form could be submitted. Applications are then processed, short-listed and the deserving ones are contacted at a later date.

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Recruitment In The Police Service

ASP Effia Tengey

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Applicants who satisfy all requirements are formally contacted trough a letter informing them of further arrangements and procedures. Usually, qualified applicants are made to report at the various police training schools where successful applicants undergo physical body selection, height checks and relevant documents carefully scrutinized and verified by a competent Police Enlistment Team.

Written Examination

Successful completion of the above stage qualifies applicants to participate in a written examination. Candidates are examined in English Language, Mathematics and General Knowledge. This is carried out in a transparent, free and fair manner where the answers are marked and results declared on the same day.

Ordinarily, candidates who pass the examination should be breathing a sigh of relief since they may be half-way through the recruitment exercise. Qualified applicants are nominally and positively vetted at the Headquarters of the Criminal Data Services Bureau (CDSB) of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID). The former takes fingerprints of applicants to ascertain the authenticity or otherwise of their criminal records as provided on the enlistment forms. The latter may involve but not limited to painstaking investigations into the background of the applicant.

At this point, prospective recruits are required to undergo a thorough medical screening exercise at the Police Hospital, to be declared medically fit by medical experts.


Recruits are now set for training in any of the training schools across the country. These schools have been tasked with the responsibility of training recruits into becoming full fledged police personnel for the Service. Recruits then go through an intensive prescribed minimum training period of six months. Whilst on training, it must be noted that those who exhibit unprofessional conducts could be dismissed without looking back.


A recruit qualifies for appointment to an established post in the Service on satisfactory completion of the specified training programme. Here, a letter of appointment is addressed to the person appointed; and a recruit constable on his first appointment is supposed to serve a probationary period of 18 months after which he/she may be confirmed in his post – subject to a report of satisfactory work and conduct given by his/her head of Department or Unit under whom the personnel serves. In the same way, appointment could also be terminated in the case of unsatisfactory probationary service of personnel.

Graduate Entrants

The Police Administration does recruit graduates with varying academic disciplines from accredited universities and colleges. Some of these academic areas may include Psychology, Sociology, Administration, Human Resource Management, Accounting, Finance and many more, depending on the vacancies available and the special needs of the Service. These categories of people are attracted through the placement of advertisements in the media.

All the criteria required for general recruitment mentioned earlier may still persist, apart from some few exemptions. Graduate applicants should not exceed 30 years of age. Again, the heights required in this instance may not necessarily be a prerequisite for selection, since they are to occupy supervisory and managerial positions in the Police Service. After a careful processing of certificates and documents, aptitude test and interviews are conducted for-shortlisted applicants.

Appointment letters are issued to successful applicants together with specified schemes of service. The employed graduates undergo medical screening, nominal and positive vetting as is required in the general recruitment.

Training For Graduate Entrants

They may not necessarily go through the basic prescribed training of six months as the general recruits, but they also undertake a three-month training programme, all targeted at resourcing them with fundamentals of law enforcement and practical knowledge in policing.

Applicants at this stage are referred to as Under Cadet Sergeants, where they are entitled to a direct entry to the Police Academy through accelerated promotion. Upon a successful completion of the basic training programme, the Under Cadet Sergeants undergo a 12-month practical attachment to be monitored and supervised by their respective Heads of Departments or Units. Personnel who exhibit satisfactory work and conduct at the end of the practical attachment get promoted to the rank of Inspector.

Recruitment Of Professionals And Specialists

Unlike the recruitment of persons for the core policing functions, professionals in diverse fields are periodically employed to perform the supportive policing functions. They may consist of personnel from the medical, legal, architectural, public relations and any other profession that will be required by the Service.

All entry requirements pertaining to the graduate entrants are applicable to this category of persons. As usual, once they are entering the Service to perform some specialized roles, the issue of height may not be very relevant, although a standard height may be an added advantage. Ordinarily, the required heights for professionals and specialists are 5 feet 6 inches for males and 5 feet 3 inches for females.

These categories of applicants are interviewed by an Appointment and Promotions Board, where persons who satisfy all requirements get appointed as Officer Cadets normally with a minimum rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) bestowed on them. Since they need to fill certain professional gaps in the service, at least a three-month Officer Cadets Course is enough to raise them as police officers, though working as professionals. The Officer Cadets are normally promoted to the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) after their training programme and probationary service.

Civilian Employees

Certain times, persons who apply to fill or hold key professional positions and vacancies in the Police Service, yet above the age of 40, are employed as civilian employees. Persons in this category do not don police uniform as the others, but may be placed along the Service’s ranking system, dependant on their qualifications.

In all, the police do not do any clandestine recruitment and enlistment as is generally perceived. All recruitment exercises are carried out in an open and fair manner. Therefore, individuals or group of persons who parade themselves as recruitment liaisons and defraud unsuspecting persons, in the guise of securing them employment in the Police Service must be cautioned. Secondly, such miscreants if suspected, must be reported to the nearest police station. Again, it must be emphasized that the Ghana Police Service does not outsource its recruitment exercise therefore, those who easily fall to the schemes and deceptions of recruitment fraudsters do so at their own peril.

Police Deputy Chief of Staff C/Supt. Francis Aryee, at the Police Headquarters has advised that the Police Service is a noble profession, a vocation and one of the numerous avenues for people to serve the public, therefore anyone who wishes to enter it is welcomed. However, the one must be ready to sacrifice all personal interests for national interest even at the peril of his/her own lives.

By ASP Effie Tenge



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