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WHY CAN’T SHORT PEOPLE BE IN THE POLICE? …Kuranchie Writes to Attorney-General-It Is Unconstitutional  

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    Inspector General of Police George Akuffo Dampare


A Ghanaian citizen has written to the Attorney-General on his concern that the so-called ‘Body Selection’ method used by the Ghana Police Service to deny some Ghanaians admission into the service as recruits, could be unlawful and unconstitutional.

He says that in his view, the ‘Body Selection’ process sins against Article 17 of the 1992 Constitution and ought to be reviewed.

The ‘Body Selection’ is the process by which people below a certain height are denied selection into the Ghana Police Service as recruits.

The letter was dated November 1st, 2021 and was directed to the Attorney-General, Attorney-General’s Department, Ministries, Accra.

The letter was titled ‘NOTICE OF INTENTION TO COMMENCE LEGAL ACTION’ and stated;

“I write to you to give you notice of my intention to commence legal action against your Office and the Ghana Police Service in the Supreme Court of Ghana.

“Sir, I believe that the current process used by the Ghana Police Service as a condition for the selection of Police Recruits known as “Body Selection”, by which Ghanaian citizens standing less than 5 feet 8 inches (173cm) tall for males and 5 feet 4 inches (163cm) for females are automatically disqualified for selection into the Ghana Police Service, is discriminatory and therefore unconstitutional.

“I believe that the requirement sins against Article 17 of the 1992 Constitution which states;

““17. (1) All persons shall be equal before the law.

“(2) A person shall not be discriminated against on grounds of gender, race, colour, ethnic origin, religion, creed or social or economic status.

“(3) For the purposes of this article, “discriminate” means to give different treatment to different persons attributable only or mainly to their respective description by race, place of origin, political opinions, colour, gender, occupation, religion or creed, whereby persons of one description are subjected to disabilities or restrictions to which persons of another description are not made subject or are granted privileges or advantages which are not granted to persons of another description.

The letter continued, “Based on Article 17. (1) to (3) above, it is my firm belief that the so-called “Body Selection” method employed by Ghana Police Service discriminates against would-be recruits falling below, or are shorter than, the stated requirements.”

The writer stated that as a requirement of Section 10 of the State Proceedings Act (Act 555) of 1998, he was writing to meet the mandatory 30 days’ notice for all those seeking to commence legal action against the state.

The letter was signed by Kenneth Kwabena Agyei Kuranchie of Accra.




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