Tension brewing in police service over pressure to drop 1,000 applicants for NPP members-Journalist
Broadcast journalist Nana Bobie Ansah is alleging that there is tension brewing in the police service over the recruitment of service personnel.
In an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the broadcast journalist said there is some machination being employed by top political leaders in government and some police leaders to deprive some qualified applicants from joining the service.
He said, out of the 4,000 applicants who applied for the service in 2017, some 2,000 have undergone medicals and vetting but about 1,000 of them have been denied the opportunity to join the service and plans were far advanced to get some members of the NPP to join the service although they did not apply.
He recounted how a similar incident occurred under former presidents Kufour, Mahama and the late Professor Mills.
Nana Bobie Ansah stressed that ‘’pressure has mounted on the police to drop 1,000 applicants for party supporters to be replaced with the qualified persons.’’
According to him, he personally called the police head of Public Relations, Mr David Eklu who could not deny or confirm the claim but said he had not heard about it.
Mr Ansah expressed concern over the politicisation of the recruitment of security personnel by political leaders.
The move he lamented will deprive qualified applicants the opportunity to join the service after the pain and struggles they went through.
‘’Some police officers are complaining and expressing bitterness over the issue; tension is currently brewing in the police service,’’ he added.
When contacted to comment on the issue, Mr David Eklu declined to comment because he did not have the information on the claims.
Meanwhile, some applicants who are waiting to be called by the police administration for training have expressed anxiety.
Some who called into the show and sent text messages said they are waiting anxiously for the call to move for training.
An applicant sent a message claiming that a police officer told her without the help of a ”big time politician” she should forget about her dream to join the service.