Police: IGP wants minimum first degree entry standard
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) David Asante-Apeatu believes setting the minimum educational requirement for entry into the Ghana Police Service at degree (also called first degree) would improve the standard of policing in the country
, the minimum requirement for entering the Police Service is a West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) certificate but the IGP is sure that the service will witness a 'huge change' if the minimum educational standards are raised.
The IGP revealed that recruiting better-educated officers are part of measures being discussed to improve a perceived lack of professionalism and combat recent challenges bedevilling the police service.
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The Police are facing public backlash after certain incidents of alleged excessive force involving its officers including an assault on a customer at the premises of a financial institution, the shooting of a bullion van driver at Krobo Odumase and the shooting of seven alleged masked armed robbers at Manso Nkwanta.
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"It is for us to maybe start being proactive and make sure we do things differently and embrace the community policing concept," the IGP said in an interview with Accra-based Joy FM.
"First of all, I think in our transformation agenda we have listed certain things that we think we must revamp. Training, training and re-training of our officers constantly on the job and we must also... The bad apples must be fired because they are dangerous. Imagine we had four-year degree holders only in the Police service, won't this service change? It will, definitely going to be a huge change in the service. So, for me even if we raise the bar higher for intake of Policemen, I think it is also going to help us.
"We've been talking about it, it didn't use to be SHS (Senior High School) some time ago JHS (Junior High School) but I think it will be proper for us to keep raising the bar higher".