THE GHANA POLICE SERVICE (GPS): A PRACTICAL AGENDA FOR REFORM
The historical and cultural context in which an institution develops defines that institution. Various survey reports and Commissions of Enquiry have noted the need for an institutional reform of the Ghana Police Service.
To reform any institution, the institutional form produced by various constituencies as they played out within that institution in the context of politico-socio-economic changes, eventualities, and accidents over time,must be determined. The patterns that emerge, together with the patterns produced by countervailing forces, are key to the enduring character of institutional forms, the reason for their dysfunction can contain possibilities for their reform.
Over the years, proposals for reform of the Ghana Police Service have been developed on an abstract level, such that institutional innovation is unduly circumscribed, as it is assumed away, constrained, constricted or subsumed under the various categories of abstraction.
Rather than imprison the agenda for institutional innovation in the interstices of a conceptual framework, this paper provides a practical guide for the reform of the GPS with contextually rational explanations for each step proposed.
Essentially, this Policy Analysis argues for alternatives to the various reform agenda already available.
Contrary to conservative or traditional views that the 'system' has a certain organism which preserves a precariously balanced arrangement and will thus malfunction if it is tampered with, the author is convinced that it is possible to effectively reform the service into an institution that meets the law and order needs of the ordinary Ghanaian. ...