Ongoing training of recruits not in breach of law – Police responds to critics

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The Ghana Police Service has said the ongoing training of recruits is not in breach of law.

The service in a response to critics who are of the view that the training of recruits goes against the presidential directive on the ban on social gatherings said its activities are within the permit of the law.

Presently, Police Recruits who started training in February this year, at the various
Police training schools at Accra; Koforidua; Ho; Kumasi and Pwalugu are in training
undergoing the scheduled training exercises.

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This has generated debate among the public on how a law enforcement agency like the Ghana Police Service could be breaking the law with such impunity amidst concerns of Coronavirus.

But, the Ghana Police Service in a statement signed by its Director of Public Affairs, Superintendent Sheilla Kessie Abayie-Buckman said ”Contrary to speculations by some persons that Police is in breach of the law, the ongoing training of Police Recruits is in accordance with law,”

”Regulation 4 of the extended Imposition of Restrictions (Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic) Instrument, 2020 [E.I. 64] exempts “Security Services” including the Ghana Police Service from restrictions under the regulations,” the statement said.

The statement, however, noted that ”The Police Administration has however put in place sufficient measures to ensure social distancing maintained between and among recruits. These are in addition to enhanced hygiene procedures directed by the President of Ghana, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo. Adequate measures have also been put in place to sufficiently manage any issues of COVID-19 that may arise at any of the Police training facilities.”

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The service said it has also noted what it describes as fake advertisements of ongoing enlistment into the service.

”The Police Administration has cited fake advertisements of ongoing enlistment or
recruitment into the Ghana Police Service and wishes to state that the Police Service is not
advertising recruitment nor undertaking fresh recruitment processes. Police recruitment exereises are first published in the major dailies, at least the “Daily Graphie” and “Ghanaian Times” newspapers prior to the start of the recruitment processes,” the statement added.

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