The Ghana Police Service is considering recruiting prospective personnel online with very little human intervention as a means to stem the tide of recruitment scams, Inspector General of Police John Kudalor has announced on Accra 100.5 FM’s breakfast show ‘Wonsom’ on Monday January 4, 2016.
Mr Kudalor said the Police Command is giving the e-recruitment idea a serious thought.
Once in place, the Police Command will upload online the requirements that the Service desires in prospective recruits. Interested recruits will then go online to submit their data vis-à-vis the template provided.
If a potential recruit meets the requirements, the computer will accept that application, otherwise it will reject it.
Mr Kudalor told Chief Jerry Forson that the system is meant to eliminate human intervention to the barest minimum.
“It will be very restrictive,” he said, adding that the Director in charge of Human Resource, in addition to one or two others, will be in charge of the entire process. This way, Mr Kudalor said, the Police Command will know who to turn to should something fishy occur during the recruitment process.
Recently a retired military officer was arrested by the police in connection with a recruitment scam.
58-year-old Francis Kpolley was arrested in Accra and handed over to the Brong Ahafo regional police command following a report lodged by one of the recruits, who is from the region.
Public Relations Officer of the Brong Ahafo regional command, ASP Christopher Tawiah, told Joy FM Tuesday December 29, 2015 that the suspect collected GHS2,000 from each prospective recruit with a promise to secure a place for them in the police training academy.
ASP Tawiah said the suspect is likely to be charged with fraud.
This was the second such arrest in connection with a recruitment scam into a state security agency in less than a month. Earlier this month, the Accra command of the Ghana Police Service arrested 13 suspects involved in a recruitment scam for National Security.
They allegedly charged the prospective recruits between GHS50 and GHS150 per person.
Public Relations Officer for the Accra Regional Police Command, ASP Afia Tenge, told Citi FM that more than 300 people fell victim to the scam. The suspects were arrested at Taifa in Accra.
“On December 5, 2015 at about 7.30am the police received information that a group of people were recruiting for National Security at Taifa Burkina. The police proceeded to the scene at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church park and met about 325 people undergoing physical training for National Security,” ASP Tenge said.