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IGP sends message to GSS, CHRAJ on corruption tag

The Ghana Police Service has expressed concerns regarding the report from the survey on perceptions of corruption carried out by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) (UNODC).

The Ghana Police Service was named the most corrupt institution in the nation by a study done by the GSS, CHRAJ, and UNODC.

More than 17.4 million bribes were paid in 2021, according to the poll, with police officers topping the list of officials who accept bribes with 53.2%.

Inspector-General of the Ghana Police Service Dr. George Akuffo Dampare questioned the survey’s methodology in a five-page response to the three universities.

“Our discomfort, therefore, is the use of selective ranking technique to project the outcomes in a manner that unfairly places the Police Service in the spotlight while all the others in your corruption index escape public scrutiny,” the statement reads.

According to the Police’s review of the findings, the research may have been impacted by “a historically pervasive stereotype of the Police Service,” according to Dr. Akuffo Dampare.

The Service has throughout the years fostered a pervasive public stereotype by almost becoming the institution of choice for such research.

Dr. George Akuffo Dampare observed in his statement that “this stereotype may readily impact respondent choices and it is legitimate to anticipate that you factor it in judging the validity of your findings.”

Dr. Dampare stated that the Service has long accepted that some of its employees may be involved in corrupt practices. We continue to put measures in place to deter such behavior.

However, the IGP questioned why CHRAJ and GSS were left out of the survey in a letter he sent on July 27.

More significantly, a closer examination of the report reveals that your two institutions (CHRAJ and Ghana Statistical Service) were left out of the study. Parts of the letter asked, “Considering that they also offer essential services to the public, we are wondering why you do not think they are also candidates for corruption investigation.

The IGP also questioned why the study did not include other public entities.

It has been noted that some public institutions, including the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Ghana Civil Aviation, Audit Service, Parliamentary Service, Ghana National Fire Service, Gaming Commission, Public Media houses, National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Narcotic Control Commission (NACOC), Attorney General (AG’s) Department, and Registrar Generals Department, among others, were not covered by the research. These are all institutions, we beg to differ.

The Police expressed amazement that “a big research like this did not offer ideas and answers” after doing its own analysis of the report’s results.

The research’s findings are “heavily contested and tainted from both the academic and practice point of view,” according to the IGP’s conclusion.

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