Akufo-Addo promoted 6,073 junior police officers days to election

President Nana Akufo-Addo, IGP James Oppong Boanuh and Ambrose Dery, Interior Minister President Nana Akufo-Addo, IGP James Oppong Boanuh and Ambrose Dery, Interior Minister

The police administration has revealed the number of Junior Police Officers promoted in last Tuesday's promotion, were more than earlier reported.

Initial reports said 2745 officers got promoted, but a statement posted on the official Facebook page of the service said "the Inspector-General of Police, Mr James Oppong Boanuh has promoted Six Thousand and Seventy Three (6,073) Junior Police Officers of various ranks".

It is the biggest promotion in the history of the Ghana Police Service, which has left many officers as well as members of the public suspicious about the timing and motive.

"These are 657 Inspectors promoted as Chief Inspectors; 1,217 Sergeants promoted as Inspectors; 1,731 Corporals promoted as Sergeants and 2,464 Lance Corporals promoted as Corporals".

But it said it is "in accordance with provisions of the Police Service Regulation 2012 (C.I.76)", adding "the promotions take effect from 1st December, 2020".

The statement said "four other officers of the junior rank whose promotions were withheld due to cases pending against them have also been restored to the ranks they are entitled to, making up the total of officers promoted".

But many people believe the promotion is to entice the Police officers, their spouses and other dependents to vote for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in next week's Presidential and Parliamentary elections, scheduled for Monday, December 7, 2020.

The promotions is being politicized, because, although the promotions were expected by the police officers who by their regulations, had been on their current ranks for four years, the IGP on the orders of the government, backdated the promotions of the junior ranks to take effect from December 1, 2020; a month ahead of time.

All the officers promoted in 2016, had their promotions on January 1, 2017,and were due for promotion effective January 1, 2021, but yesterday's announcement per signals signed by the IGP, suggest the promotions were rushed, and this has left room for suspicion and speculation among the officers.

Promotions benefited the ranks of Corporals to Sergeants, Sergeants to Inspectors and Inspectors to Chief Inspectors.

Insiders have told The Herald that, Lance Corporal to Corporal and Constables to Lance Corporals are also due for promotions, whilst Chief Superintendents are supposed to be promoted to Assistant Commissioners of Police.

One of the internal memos this paper has sighted on the promotions, said the Administrative Promotion of those who were promoted on or before 1st January 2017, and have satisfied the provisions in regulations 37 of the Police Service regulations 2012, CI 76 are promoted to the rank of Inspector with effect from 1st December 2020.

The promotions come just a few days after the government increased the salaries of the Police Officers.

It's not clear how long the issue of the promotions ahead of the scheduled date had been on the discussion table awaiting approval, but many officers felt the massive promotion and salary increments were part of the election week inducements.

Some also see the appointments as a panic reaction to reports that the exit polls on the Special Voting exercise on Tuesday by some of the security agencies, did not look good for the government, hence the sudden promotions.

However, one officer The Herald spoke to said "with their respective service numbers, they're due for the promotions, but the timing and backdating of the promotion will be politicized no matter what".

But there are reports some senior officers will also be promoted from Chief Superintendents of Police to Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP).

Source: The Herald