Work-in-Progress Seminar WIP on “Interrogating the Frailties of Ghana Police Service (GPS)”

Thomas Jaye Work-in-Progress Series

The Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research (FAAR) at KAIPTC held an internal ‘Work-In-Progress Seminar’

Topic: Interrogating the Frailties of Ghana Police Service (GPS)
Speaker: Ms. Belinda Lutterodt
Chairperson: Mr. Devante Duncann
Venue: Webinar-Zoom
Date: Wednesday 24th February 2021
Time: 1000hrs

Abstract: The police in Ghana, like all democratic societies, are responsible for the protection of
citizens’ lives and property and maintenance of law and order. However, some perceptions
of the public are that the police have not been able to deliver and satisfy the expectations of
citizens. This paper interrogates the factors underpinning the perceived poor police
performance which some authors have attributed to institutional culture and colonial
legacies. While these institutional and structural problems still persist, this paper argues that
political interference – relating to recruitment, promotions, arrests and prosecutions are key contributing factors inhibiting the performance of the police in Ghana.