The Police Administration has been accused of taken bribe to promote service personnel to senior rank positions but its Acting Communications Director, DSP Cephas Arthur has debunked such claim.

Available information to The Chronicle indicates that bribery has taken center stage in the promotion of Police Service personnel to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP).Some officers in the police administration, the paper was told, take huge sums of money, ranging from GH¢2,500 to GH¢3,000 from service personnel (Inspectors and Chief Inspectors) who are due for promotion into the above-mentioned rank, despite passing entry exams for the Special Cadet Course.

“Bribery and corruption is rare in the Police Service. When it comes to the transfer of service personnel, people pay their way out. When it comes to promotions in the service, the situation is even worse,” recounts an anonymous police officer who is peeved by the actions of the police administration.

The situation is said to have raised tempers so high to the extent that the morale of some 283 service personnel, out of the 1,887 who sat for and passed the Special Cadet Course exams in September, 2010, are completely down.

However, DSP Cephas Arthur, when reached on his cellular phone to ascertain the veracity of the matter, debunked the claims put forth by the aggrieved service personnel.

He told The Chronicle, training for service personnel due for promotions to ASP was done in batches, and urged those who were still in the house to exercise restraint, since it would soon get to their turn.

What seems to have got the ire of the 283 service personnel, comprising Inspectors and Chief Inspectors, has rather turned out to be a cliffhanger.

The 283 service personnel, who successfully passed the highly competitive Special Cadet Course exams, The Chronicle was informed, were deemed to go for six months training, beginning from January, 2011 to June, 2011, following which they would be promoted to the position of ASP.

However, to the surprise of the 283 officers, a new group of 60 service personnel, including some fifteen officers who passed the Special Cadet Course exams but with lower grades, some failed candidates, as well as some officers who did not sit for the said exams, have been selected to go for training.

The 60 officers, The Chronicle learnt, have reported to the Police Training College and have joined Course 44 for an intensive three month Special Cadet Course training.

Documents available to the paper indicate that the officers reported to the Police Training College on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 for the commencement of the Special Cadet Course, and are expected to pass out by May, 2012.

“The results were released in the first week of February, 2011. Those who passed the exams were expected to go for training in the latter part of the same month. However, the police administration made an attempt to recruit 61 personnel for training, but when the information was leaked to the public domain, they halted the exercise. Surprisingly, they’ve come out with almost the same list, except one person, and they have reported for training. The whole thing was done in secrecy, and this is disturbing,” the disgruntled police officer intoned.

However, the Police Service, when contacted to ascertain the veracity of the matter, DSP Cephas Arthur told The Chronicle that there was no cause for alarm.

He debunked claims that bribery had taken center stage in the promotion of service personnel to higher positions, arguing, “It can never happen under Paul Tawiah Quaye. That man is too fair and stringent to a fault.”

He explained that since the Police Training College could not admit more than 140 service personnel at a time, personnel due for Special Cadet Training are grouped in batches.

According to him, there are two categories of personnel in the Police Service – General Police personnel and Professional Police personnel.

Professional police personnel who rise through the ranks to the position of Inspector and Chief Inspector, he noted, are given the opportunity to sit for the Special Cadet Course exams, following which they are promoted to the position of ASP when they successfully pass the exams and complete a three-month training course.

The duration of training for general police officers, he noted, lasts six months, while that for professional police officers lasts three months.

Continuing, the Acting Public Relations Director of the Ghana Police Service said in the event that the two categories are mixed together in a particular batch for training, and eventually pass out as ASPs, promotion for the professional ones are restricted and cannot make any more advancement.

However, those who went for the training as general police officers still have an advantage to apply for higher positions in the service.

“The two persons who also passed, but couldn’t make the first batch, but out of which one of them was also a professional, and therefore, the professional went for the three months training ahead of his other colleague, who was not a professional, and therefore, did not go. When they both go, and eventually become officers, as it stands, the one who went for the three months training can only reach the position of ASP and cannot go forward for any position in the service again. But the non-professional, who waited and went with the second batch, can go beyond ASP to DSP, and become a Assistant Commissioner of Police.

“So, there are conditions attached to each. And the conditions as compared are not the same. One is favourable, and one is not. The one who goes as a professional reaches a point and cannot make any more advancement.  But, the one who went as the normal general policing, he gets to ACP and he still has the chance to advance to DSP and ACP,” explained DSP Cephas Arthur.

That notwithstanding, he told The Chronicle that the professionals on the Special Cadet Course commute from their various homes to the Police Training College for the training and cater for their own meals, while the general police officers are accommodated with the police administration catering for their meals.

He urged the aggrieved police officers, who are due for training but are still home, to exercise restraint, since the whole exercise was done in batches.

 

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