The Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram in the Greater Accra Region, Sam Dzata George, has openly admitted that both major parties use the police service as a ‘jobs for the boys avenue’ whenever they are in power.
George, speaking on Morning Starr Friday, was responding to recent cases of abuse by police officers.
According to the young legislator, who ousted long time MP E.T Mensah in the NDC primaries before winning the seat, most of the officers who engage in such acts are usually not people who went through proper procedures but got their jobs through political influence.
“…Many times if you take a close look at the individuals in the police service who carry out some of these excesses and you begin to do a back trace of their recruitment into the service, you will realize that many of them may not have necessarily made it through the regular process,” George said.
He added: “Many of them get into the police service by virtue of political influence. At times political influence is able to get people who hitherto may not have been able to make it through the rigorous checks and balances, and so because they got in through a certain ‘back door’ you realized that the proper things when it comes to training and background check on some of them are not done. And that is why at times you even see policemen who are engaged in armed robbery.”
When asked if the practice was limited to only the NPP, George acknowledged that both parties are guilty of this.
“This one is not partisan, this is not one political party. It cuts across. All of us we do it. I mean when NPP was in government they helped people into the (police service).
“In your time you also did it?”, asked the host, “Oh! yes we did it. NDC also did it. It is actually a thing that MPs use to campaign that Oh! me I help twenty people get into the police, forty into the army. It is a campaign issue. These are realities on the ground we can’t run away from it”.