Police Service sacks 28 officers, some drunk on duty

The policemen and women have been sacked after they were found guilty of insubordination, being drunk while on duty and misusing firearms, among other offences

The Ghana Police Service has fired some 28 personnel for engaging in various acts of misconduct. 

The police administration said it received several complaints of misconduct involving officers between January and August 2020.

After investigations, some of the personnel were found to have been drunk while on duty, misused their firearms and engaged in part-time business outside the service without permission.

Others were found culpable of insubordination, failure to make entry in official documents and absenting themselves from duty without permission.

181 complaints in seven months

The director of public affairs of the Ghana Police Service, Sheila Kessie Abayie-Buckman, said the dismissed officers include two females.

Abayie-Buckman said members of the public had lodged 181 cases against police officers in the past seven months. This, she said, prompted the Police Service to take action by investigating all the police officers named in the complaints.

She said that, on investigation, 151 out of the 181 cases lodged were found to be partly true.

The public affairs director added that besides the dismissed officers, other culpable officers had their rank reduced.

The sacked and demoted officers occupied ranks ranging from constable and deputy superintendent of police to superintendent, chief superintendent and assistant commissioner of police.

No shielding of misconduct

Abayie-Buckman said the Police Service will neither tolerate unprofessionalism nor shield officers who do conduct themselves properly.

In 2019, 191 officers were found guilty following 291 complaints filed against police officers, she said. However, she commended certain personnel, including 43 from Police Headquarters, who have been exemplary in their conduct.

“The police administration is making efforts to educate its men and women on the need to exhibit professionalism at all times,” Abayie-Buckman said.

“The service will not shield any personnel who misconduct [themselves] in the course of duty to bring the name of the service into disrepute.”

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