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Ghana

Ghana Police Service

Ghana Police Service in action seizure of counterfeit goods

Law enforcement services in Ghana are provided by the following agencies of the Ministry of Interior:

  • Ghana Police Service (GPS);
  • Ghana Prisons Service;
  • Ghana National Fire Service;
  • Ghana Immigration Service;
  • Narcotic Control Board;
  • National Disaster Management Organization;
  • Refugee Board.

Headed by an Inspector General of Police, and with a strength of more than 23,000 officers, the GPS is made up of regional and divisional commands across Ghana which each report directly to the Accra-based headquarters.

GPS objectives:

  • Life and property protection;
  • Crime detection and prevention;
  • Disaster prevention and response;
  • Regulation and monitoring of the entry, stay and exit of non-Ghanaians and travelling public;
  • Development of an efficient and humane custodial reformatory system;
  • Development of a good public relations system.

The Inspector General of Police is assisted by two Deputies – one responsible for administration, the other for operations:

 

Administration:

  • Human Resource Development;
  • Welfare;
  • Research, Planning and Information Communication and Technology;
  • Strategic Direction and Monitoring;
  • Finance.

Operations:

  • Legal and Special Duties;
  • Logistics and Support Services;
  • Operations;
  • Police Intelligence and Professional Standards Bureau;
  • Criminal Investigation Department, which comprises the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) for Ghana.

INTERPOL Accra

An active member of the West African Police Chiefs’ Committee (WAPCCO), Ghana was also the first African country to host an INTERPOL General Assembly (in 1976).  Through INTERPOL Accra, the GPS cooperates actively both with other national law enforcement services but also regionally and internationally, in the fight against terrorism, internet fraud, money laundering, and trafficking in drugs, stolen vehicles, human beings, small arms and light weapons. 

Staffed by nearly twenty police officers, INTERPOL Accra is part of the GPS Criminal Investigation Department and is therefore directly accountable to the Inspector General. Located at the national headquarters, the NCB performs all INTERPOL and international related assignments on behalf of GPS, and is its exclusive platform for all national investigations which need to go beyond the Ghanaian borders.

The NCB is responsible for the extradition and deportation of fugitives to other INTERPOL member countries and enjoys regular and effective cooperation from its partners both in the region and across the world.

INTERPOL Ghana conducts regular field operations in cooperation with the INTERPOL General Secretariat and other member countries, particularly in the areas of combating child trafficking and in the illegal trade in ivory, stolen vehicles and counterfeit medical products.

As part of a strategy to boost national security and prevent criminal activity in Ghana, INTERPOL Accra recently connected some of its national law enforcement partners to INTERPOL's I-24/7 network and databases, thus giving police across the country instant and automated access to INTERPOL’s criminal databases. Kotoka International Airport and the two sea ports, in Tema and Takoradi Harbours, now have hands-on access to critical data on wanted persons, vehicles and stolen and lost travel documents in a matter of seconds.  With this new capacity, Ghanaian police officers in the field can quickly determine if a person is a potential threat to national security.

INTERPOL Accra in action
06 June 2014

Collective effort required to turn back pharmaceutical crime says INTERPOL Chief

LYON, France – The head of INTERPOL has called for increased collaboration to tackle pharmaceutical crime following a recent operation across West Africa which resulted in the seizure of nearly 200 tonnes of fake or illicit medicines worth around USD 25 million.Addressing the General Assembly of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Ass...
19 June 2012

INTERPOL’s largest operation combating illegal ivory trafficking targets criminal syndicates

LYON, France – INTERPOL’s largest ever transnational operation targeting criminal organizations behind the illegal trafficking of ivory has resulted in more than 200 arrests and the seizure of nearly two tonnes of contraband elephant ivory.The three-month long Operation Worthy, which involved 14 countries across Eastern, Southern and Western Africa also r...
17 October 2011

Ghanaian Minister visit to INTERPOL focuses on ways to enhance cooperation

LYON, France – With Ghana selected as a pilot country for a number of projects to combat transnational organized crime in West Africa and beyond, identifying additional ways where national law enforcement can work more closely with INTERPOL was the focus of a visit by Ghana’s Minister of Interior to the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters...
25 May 2011

Operation Bia II sees Ghana police rescue 116 children from forced labour in fishing industry with INTERPOL support

ACCRA, Ghana – Police in Ghana have rescued 116 children who had been trafficked to work as forced labourers in the fishing industry along the country’s Volta Lake area, in an operation coordinated by INTERPOL which also resulted in 28 arrests and convictions. The rescued children were aged between 5 and 17.Some 80 Ghanaian law enforcement officers partic...
20 April 2011

INTERPOL-led operations in Africa result in seizures of fakes worth 1.5 million dollars

LYON, France – Operations carried out in Togo and Ghana co-ordinated by INTERPOL have resulted in the seizure of pirated and counterfeit goods worth USD 1.5 million.Products including soup cubes, computer supplies, African fabrics, plastic packaging used for food and water, cigarettes and CDs were recovered by around 100 police, customs and Intellectual P...
14 February 2011

Ghana INTERPOL-supported operation leads to counterfeit medical products seizures

ACCRA, Ghana – An operation targeting pharmaceutical crime in Ghana, which included both training and operational support by INTERPOL has led to the seizure of thousands of illegal and fake medicines.Operation Harmattan saw 50 officers from police, customs, health including the Food and Drug Board and the Bureau of Standards agencies carry out a series of...
17 November 2008

Africa sees largest-ever international operation against wildlife crime, co-ordinated with INTERPOL

An operation across Africa on Saturday targeting wildlife crime has led to the arrest of almost 60 people and the seizure of one ton of illegal elephant ivory. The one-day sweep targeted more than 50 locations, including local ivory markets, airports, border crossings and smuggling points.The arrests and seizures were part of a five-country law enforcemen...

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