Ghana Police Service Graduate Recruitment: Background
The Ghana Police service opened up applications for recruitment into the service. However, this one is not like any of the other recruitment exercises. As clearly indicated by the Public Relations Director of the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent Cephas Arthur, the purpose of this particular recruitment exercise is to bring more professionals into the service. If you are a professional in any specialization and you have the desire to serve your country, this is an opportunity you should jump on straight away by checking out if your profession is among the required. Here is what you need to know about the recruitment and application process.
Level of Ghana Police Service Recruitment
There are two levels of recruitment into the Ghana Police Service. As a security agent, various spheres of expertise are required to make it effective at executing real-life tasks and solving crime in all areas.
- Basic Recruitment: Basic recruitment refers to the mass recruitment of men/women above the age of 18 to enforce law and order. Qualification requirement is normally WASSCE. Enlisted persons start as constables, and work their way up.
- Graduate Recruitment: This level of recruitment is open to graduates with a minimum of a Degree qualification. The aim of the graduate recruitment is to attract professionals from all walks of life into the service.
The service also conducts recruitments geared at artisans and skilled men/women who can provide specialized services to the service. This filtering can fall under any of the two depending on the type of vocation or skillset required.
Ghana Police Graduate Recruitment: General Eligibility Requirements for 2016 application.
Here are the general eligibility requirement for the recent police recruitment, as appeared on the 5th September Edition of Daily Graphic, Pages 77.
- You must be a Ghanaian
- Must possess a minimum of a first degree, not below a second class lower from an accredited university, and the relevant professional qualification where it has been specified.
- Must not be more than 32 years by 1st September 2016
- Must be at least 5 feet 8 inches (173cm) tall for Males and 5 feet 4 inches (163cm) for females.
- Must be physically fit by Police Standards
- Must have completed National Service.
Apart from these general eligibility requirements, the Police Service have specified 13 different departments with specialization requirements needed to work in those department. These are:
- General Duties
- Projects Unit
- Transport and Workshop
- Religious Affairs
- Police Medical Services Specialist
- Biomedical Scientist
- Estate Officers
- Public Relations
- Critical Care and theatre Nurses
By looking at the various departments, you can easily tell where your qualification falls under. Full details about the specialization requirements are specified in the 5th December Edition of the Daily Graphic.
What does this all mean for the Ghana Police Service?
The Ghana Police Service has seen a massive restructure with the appointment of the last few IGPs (Inspector Generals of Police) after the service came under a barrage of public lambasting for unprofessionalism among service members. Introducing this specialized recruitment is a good thing for the service. With the recruitment of different caliber of professionals into the service, we expect to see more professionalism among Police men, good customer service at Police stations, less corruption, better communication, more active community liaison and engagement, and a generally more efficient and friendlier Police Service. These professionals will provide good training and oversight to the men on the ground so they can conduct their work according to the laws of the country and know when to respect the rights of the citizenry. Cases of Policemen abusing their rights and using maximum force on the public abound. Hopefully, all these issues will undergo drastic improvement.
What does the Ghana Police Graduate Recruitment mean for the Job Seeker?
The Police service offers one of the best career paths for graduates. It offers the best of both world; an opportunity to serve your country and community, fight the canker of crime, and enjoy a good career with clear path to rise in ranks. Talking about rise in ranks, you just need as little effort as pursuing available self-upgradement courses and getting promoted as you do more years of service. The ultimate motivation is a job security with certainty of not getting laid off, unlike in the corporate world, and the big cedis start flowing once you attain the rank of ASP and above. You also get to have free accommodation, utilities, and vehicle (depending on your rank), all paid for from government purse.
If you are a graduate still searching for a job, this is an opportunity you should jump on without hesitation. Unless you’re hell bent on never pursuing a uniformed profession, this is one of your best shots at getting a job since the recruitment is usually on a mass scale and the probability of you getting selected if you meet all the requirements is typically higher than any job listing in the corporate world.
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