One hundred and sixty-eight personnel of the Ghana Police Service who deserted their posts have been declared wanted and subsequently dismissed.
The wanted persons are part of a total of 223 who have been dismissed from the Police Service for various acts since 2004.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) David Sena Eklu, Director of Police Public Affairs, told the paper that the affected persons were dismissed for acts of misconduct that constituted a breach of police service regulations. In addition to the dismissal, they would face service enquiry as contained in the Police Service Regulations.
He said the Police Administration would publish the full list of the affected personnel and their stations to enable members of the public to pass on relevant information about their whereabouts to the police.
DSP Eklu said out of the number, 168 unceremoniously left the Police Service without recourse to laid down service procedures.
He said 50 others were dismissed for committing various offences such as extortion, robbery, brutal assault on civilians and disrespect for authority, while five of them were removed for chronic alcoholism and unsatisfactory service.
Explaining further, DSP Eklu, said some of the desertes went on leave and never returned, others applied to travel abroad but never came back, while others also left the barracks unceremoniously.
He said the personnel also took away their police uniforms and other police paraphernalia and it was believed that they might be committing crimes with them or sold them to suspected criminal