The Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante-Apeatu has revealed that the Ghana Police Service are currently in talks to set first degree as the minimum qualification for recruitment into the service.
According to him, the strategy has been necessitated to set up measures to ensure the service is recruiting better-educated officers.
He added that the measures being discussed are to improve a perceived lack of professionalism and combat recent challenges bedevilling the police service.
The Police are facing public backlash after certain incidents of alleged excessive force involving its officers including an assault on a customer at the premises of a financial institution, the shooting of a bullion van driver at Krobo Odumase and the shooting of seven alleged masked armed robbers at Manso Nkwanta.
The IGP said in an interview with Accra-based Joy FM noted; "It is for us to maybe start being proactive and make sure we do things differently and embrace the community policing concept,"
"First of all, I think in our transformation agenda we have listed certain things that we think we must revamp. Training, training and re-training of our officers constantly on the job and we must also... The bad apples must be fired because they are dangerous. Imagine we had four-year degree holders only in the Police service, won't this service change? It will, definitely going to be a huge change in the service. So, for me even if we raise the bar higher for intake of Policemen, I think it is also going to help us.
"We've been talking about it, it didn't use to be SHS (Senior High School) some time ago JHS (Junior High School) but I think it will be proper for us to keep raising the bar higher".