The Northern Regional Police Command has vehemently denied allegations of discriminating against prospective police recruits in the region. There is an ongoing nationwide recruitment exercise to enroll prospective applicants into the Ghana Police Service.
The recruitment exercise commenced last Monday here in Tamale at the Jubilee Park. The screening processes will last through Saturday before a final exam will be taken on Sunday. Allegations of discrimination have however hit the recruitment processes in Tamale.
There have been persistent complaints of the Police Services discriminating against applicants who are allegedly Dagomba’s and are hoping to be enrolled into the service.
Following these complaints, the Chief of Tamale, Dakpema Naa Alhaji Alhassan Dawuni and his elders visited the recruitment venue Wednesday morning to ascertain the truth of those allegations.
Addressing the media, Chief Mohammed Hafiz Dema Naa said “there are a lot of complaints coming to the palace, and so the Dakpema Naa Alhassan Dawuni has taken it upon himself to visit the Regional Police Command at the recruitment center to get first hand information or otherwise ascertain the authenticity of these allegations”.
Dakpema Naa Alhassan Dawuni however commended the police for carrying out a peaceful exercise but urged them to work hand in hand with the traditional rulers in the area in order to avoid these unnecessary allegations to undermine them in the discharge of their duty.
Meanwhile, the Northern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Yussif Tanko thanked Dakpema Naa Alhassan Dawuni for taking time out his busy schedule to visit them at the recruitment venue but dispelled claims of discrimination in the process.
“Applicants are screened and recruited based on merit” ASP Tanko said.
He further outlined the requirements for the recruitment exercise, which includes; weight, height, bleaching, original certificates, age limit of 18 to 27 years among others.
story by: Abdulai Abdul Rafiq, northstarfmonline.com/Ghana, Tamale