Ghana Police Service

Mr Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan, Inspector-General of Police

Mr Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan, Inspector-General of Police

The Ghana Police Service is the primary State law enforcement Agency in the Country and operates under the Ministry for the Interior. The Service has been constitutionally mandated to perform the statutory functions of crime prevention and detection, apprehension and prosecution of offenders, maintenance of law and order and ensuring the safety of persons and property.

The Service has evolved over the years from a section of the 1879 Gold Coast Constabulary, to the Ghana Police Force in March 1957 and to the Ghana Police Service since 1970. These transitional changes were in line with the political evolutions of the country as it moved gradually towards the current democratic dispensation. 

The vision of the Ghana Police Service is to be a world-class police service capable of delivering planned democratic, proactive and peaceful services up to the standards of international best practice.

The Headquarters of the Ghana Police Service in Accra houses the Police Management Board (POMAB) headed by the Inspector-General of Police with Schedule Officers for various Directorates and Departments who support the day-to-day administration of the entire Police Service.

Current Members of the Police Management Board

Inspector-General of Police Mr Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan

COP Mrs Joana Osei-Poku, Director-General – Police Intelligence and Professional Standards

COP Ms Rose Bio Atinga, Director-General – Administration

COP Mr John Kudalor, Director-General -  Operations

COP Mr Prosper Kwame Agblor, Director-General – Criminal Investigations Department

COP Mr David Asante-Apeatu, Director-General – Research & Planning/ICT

COP Mr Stephen Andoh-Kwofie, Director-General – Welfare

COP Mr James Oppong-Boanuh, Director-General – Services

COP Mr Frank Adu-Poku, Director-General – Technical

COP Mr Patrick Eden Timbillah, Director-General – Human Resource Development

COP Dr George A. Dampare, Director-General – Finance

DCOP Dr Godfred Asiamah, Director-General – Medics

DCOP Rev. David N. Ampah-Bennin, Director-General – Public Affairs Directorate

DCOP Osabarima Oware Asare Pinkro III, Director-General – Special Duties

DCOP Mr Angwubotoge Awuni, Director-General – Motor Traffic and Transport Department

ACP Emmanuel B. Ashong, Director-General/Patrols

ACP Mr Frank Sammy Kwofie, Director-General/Legal

Chief Supt. Mr Francis Ayitey Aryee, Acting Chief Staff Officer

The Service has a nation-wide jurisdiction and for its effective administration, the country has been demarcated into 11 Police Regions closely following the 10 Political Regions of the country. Each Police Region is headed by a Regional Police Commander. The Regions are further sub-divided into Police Divisions, Districts, Stations and Posts but maintaining a hierarchical structure and unity of command.

With a Police/Civilian Population ratio of 1:842 in a country of approximately 26.653 million inhabitants, the Service still needs to increase its personnel strength to meet the UN recommended ratio.


In addition to the Police Academy, the Ghana Police Command & Staff College was inaugurated in 2013 and the Public Safety Training School began providing courses in 2014. The Detective Training School which has been reconstructed and reactivated, offers training courses in crime detection.

In the area of personnel welfare and morale, a lot is being done to improve accommodation, financial benefits and general living conditions. The provision of housing facilities, water and shuttle bus services are all geared towards those goals. Steps are also underway to establish a Police Bank to facilitate the financial transactions of personnel. The Police Hospitals and Clinics cater for health needs of personnel and their dependents. The main hospital is being expanded to support the existing facilities.

There is also the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit, which seeks to create an environment where domestic violence and other forms of abuse would be freely reported and to collaborate with stakeholders to provide co-ordinated and timely response to victims. The Unit has 100 offices across the country. 

International Peacekeeping
Currently, 262 police personnel are serving in eight United Nations and African Union Missions around the world and their performances have been highly rated. With the establishment of the FPU, more personnel would soon be deployed to support International Peacekeeping operations.

With substantial financial and logistical support from the government, the Police Service and its sister State security agencies have played a significant role in Ghana’s status as an island of peace in a sub-region of turbulence.

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