Promotion in Police Service not automatic after higher studies- C.I 76 reveals
A group of 82 police officers in Ghana has taken legal action against the Police Service and the Inspector-General of Police, alleging that they were unfairly denied promotions after completing their studies.
However, an investigation conducted by Pulse Ghana has found that the officers’ claims are not supported by the existing regulations governing the Ghana Police Service, specifically the Police Service Regulations, 2012 (C.I. 76).
The relevant section of C.I. 76, which pertains to police promotions, is regulation 37. According to this regulation, promotions within the Police Service are determined by a combination of factors, including promotional examinations, seniority, length of service, and special recommendations.
The regulation makes no provision for automatic promotions based solely on the attainment of higher academic qualifications following study leave.
In fact, regulation 37(7) of C.I. 76 explicitly states that officers who acquire higher academic qualifications are not entitled to promotion based solely on those qualifications.
This provision clearly indicates that promotion and study leave are considered separate matters by the Police Service.
It is worth noting that this regulation has been in effect since 2012, and the Police Administration has consistently implemented it over the past 11 years.
Therefore, the aggrieved officers’ assertion that they should have been promoted automatically upon completing their studies is contradicted by the existing regulations and the longstanding practices of the Police Service.