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Police Recruits Go Through Screening

Some unemployed youth have converged on the Takoradi Jubilee Park to undergo an exercise to be recruited into the Ghana Police Service.

The five-day exercise is part of a nationwide exercise by the Service to shortlist graduates, tradesmen and women for recruitment and subsequent training.

An applicant must be a Ghanaian, be of good character and without criminal records; he must not have been dismissed from any public service or any other employment.

The person must also be physically and medically fit by Ghana Police Service standards, among others.

Aside crosschecking the validity of their certificates and other documents, the heights and weights of the applicants are also being checked.

In the past, a number of people were defrauded by fraudsters to believe that they (fraudsters) could help applicants to get them recruited into the Police Service.

It was for this reason that the Service, last year, decided to introduce electronic means to receive applications as part of efforts to reduce the involvement of intermediaries.

Speaking to DAILY GUIDE, DCOP Bonga Yoosa, Deputy Director General of the Police Intelligence and Professional Standards (PIPS), disclosed that about 3,000 people were expected to be screened at the Takoradi recruitment centre.

He recounted that before the end of the year 2017, there was an advertisement for police enlistment and people applied.

“We are doing the exercise in phases. The online application is the first phase and so those who applied and met the requirements were automatically picked as having qualified for the next stage,” he explained.

He continued, “So this morning we are conducting the next stage of the recruitment exercise and this is going on simultaneously all over the country.”

DCOP Yoosa pointed out that from Monday to Wednesday, the police would screen the applicants for general duties or the general recruits adding, “Then Thursday and Friday will be used to screen tradesmen and women while Saturday will see the screening of graduate applicants.”

He revealed that during the second phase of the exercise, the police would be looking at the physical features of the applicants in line with police standards and then examine the documents, which the prospective recruits used to fill their application forms to see whether indeed, they qualified.

“Those who will be successful will then go on to write an examination on Sunday and the applicants who will pass will move to the next stage, which is medical screening and then the training, then the final enlistment,” he added.

He, however, pointed out that the graduate applicants would not write their examination on Sunday, but at a later date in Accra.

From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi