380 Policemen Petition IGP

The affected police officers, who pleaded anonymity, told DAILY GUIDE that they have not been promoted to the rank of Inspector for the past seven years and all efforts to secure promotion had proved futile.

According to them, they were promoted to the rank of General Sergeant on 31 st  December 2005 and 2006.

DAILY GUIDE sighted a circular issued by the IGP on December 15, 2012 directing Districts/Divisional and Unit Commanders in the regions to inform the affected officers to prepare for a refresher course for their promotion, which turned out to be a fiasco.

‘The under-mentioned 380 General Sergeant who were promoted on or before 31 st  December, 2006 and have maintained clean records are being considered for promotion to the rank of Inspector. INGPOL (Inspector-General of Police) directs you to inform them to hold themselves in readiness for a two week refresher course at date to be announced later,’ the IGP circular stated.

The affected police officers indicated that per the police service regulations, junior officers are to be promoted every four years.

The development, the affected officers said, has demoralized them because their families and other members of the public have raised several questions.

‘Some suspect that we have done something bad in the service which has led to our present predicament.

‘Meanwhile, that is not the situation. We have kept clean sheets and I don’t know why we are being punished unduly like that,’ one of the affected officers based in Accra told the paper.

The aggrieved police personnel are unhappy with the fact that the current IGP is alleged to have facilitated the promotion of his personal driver and the bodyguard from the rank of Sergeant to Inspector within the same period.

 FROM Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Sunyani