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    15 September 1958
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Ghana

Ghana Police Service

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
12 July 2018

Fake goods: arrests and seizures in worldwide operations

LYON, France – Pharmaceuticals, food, vehicle parts, tobacco products, clothing, and agrochemicals are among tonnes of fake goods seized in INTERPOL-led operations across four continents.Coordinated by INTERPOL between March and May 2018 in 36 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America, operations sought to dismantle factories and su...
26 June 2018

Regional security leaders support INTERPOL programme to reinforce West African policing

ABIDJAN, Cote d’Ivoire – Security Ministers, Police Chiefs and national security heads from across West Africa have launched a new chapter in INTERPOL’s regional security programme.Funded by the European Union, phase three of the West Africa Police Information System (WAPIS) will see the creation of national criminal data systems in each country of the Ec...
12 March 2018

INTERPOL launches initiative to boost African security

I-ONE: INTERPOL’s operational network expansionLYON, France – Africa’s regional police leaders and Secretary General Jürgen Stock have launched an INTERPOL initiative to strengthen Africa’s global law enforcement role by improving its ability to share and receive police information.The I-ONE launch provided an opportunity for the four African regional pol...
15 June 2017

Tackling regional crime through global cooperation focus of INTERPOL meeting

SANTIAGO, Chile – Intelligence sharing and international collaboration against regional organized crime was the emphasis of a Fortaleza-CRIMJUST meeting hosted by Chile’s National Police – PDI and INTERPOL.Participants discussed ways to tackle transnational crime via INTERPOL’s Project Fortaleza and Project CRIMJUST, a European Union-funded initiative imp...
09 March 2017

West African cybercrime underground economy emerging, finds joint INTERPOL-Trend Micro paper

LYON, France – A joint INTERPOL and Trend Micro research paper on cybercrime activity across West Africa has revealed a significant growth in cyber frauds on individuals and businesses.Combining survey results from INTERPOL member countries across the region with research findings by Trend Micro, the ‘Cybercrime in West Africa: Poised for an Underground M...

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ASAGBEKE
Age today: 42 years old
Nationality: Ghana

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NIKOI
Age today: 52 years old
Nationality: Ghana

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  • 18th African Regional Conference - 2005 - Accra
  • 45th INTERPOL General Assembly - 14-20 October 1976 - Accra

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