The President of the Republic, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has sworn in acting IGP, Dr. George Akufo Dampare as substantive Inspector General of Police.
In a speech at the searing in ceremony held at the Jubilee House on Friday, October 8, 2021, President Akufo-Addo revealed that his decision to make Dr. Akufo Dampare a permanent IGP followed a consultation to the Council of State and a subsequent recommendation in accordance with article 282 (1) of the 1992 constitution.
The President stated that the actions of Dr. Akufo Dampary over the past two months have received widespread support from the population and that has vindicated his decision to appoint him as acting IGP.
President Akufo-Addo said the newly sworn-in IGP has demonstrated to be a good leader of the Ghana Police service and also foster its efficiency.
The President emphasized that the most important thing for our nation is peace, the safety of its people, and the preservation of its territorial integrity.
“It is when these are guaranteed that the citizens can go about their normal lives in security and hope to improve on the quality of their circumstances, we all seek feeling safe when we see the men and women work to keep our communities and streets safe”
The president in his speech charged the newly sworn IGP to tackle the foundational issues of security challenges in his capacity as IGP.
He also stressed the issues of religious intolerance, land disputes, religious intolerance, ethnic animosity, and political rivalry which have compounded to generate threats such as human trafficking and the proliferation of arms across the country.
He, therefore, pledged support to the Ghana Police Service in their operations to counter all security threats in all parts of the country.
The 23rd IGP, Dr. Akufo Dampare in his speech expressed gratitude to the president and other government officials and colleagues in the Ghana Police Service for their immerse support and courage given to him even before he became IGP.
He pledged to lead the Ghana Police Service to a destination in the interest of the country to become a world-class police institution.
Mr. Prseidenrt, we are poised and determined in doing that we know it is difficult but my colleagues and I believe that even if we are not able to reach that destination, we at this time will position the service towards that destination where there will be no turning back.”
Profile of Dr. Akufo Dampare
Commissioner of Police (COP) D.r. George Akuffo Dampare was appointed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to serve as Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), effective Sunday, August 1, 2021.
This follows the President’s directive that Mr. James Oppong-Boanuh, the current IGP, should embark on leave pending his retirement from active Police Service, on Thursday, October 7, 2021.
COP Dr. Dampare was the Director-General in charge of Operations of the Ghana Police Service before he was appointed acting IGP.
He joined the Service as a constable and worked his way up the ladder with over three decades of service to the country, rising to the rank of a COP.
Dr. Dampare joined the Service 32 years ago without secondary school education.
In 1991, on completion of his recruit training, Dr. Dampare has adjudged the overall Best Recruit at the National Police Training School and won all awards except the award for the ‘Best Marksman’.
Again in 1996, he emerged the overall Best Cadet for the 32nd Cadet Officers’ Course at the Ghana Police Academy (formerly, Police College) and won all awards, including Excellence in Professional Police Subjects and Excellence in Academic Subjects.
He subsequently rose in the ranks after completing various courses to become an ACCA chartered accountant.
The COP also worked as a Research Fellow and lecturer at King’s College, University of London.
The new acting IGP also lectured at the University of Cape-Coast (UCC), Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Regent University College, and the Data Link University College.
He is also one of the pioneer lecturers at the Business School of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi.
He has served as the Director-General of Finance, Director General in charge of Welfare, Director General of Information Communication Technology, Commandant of the Police Command and Staff College, Accra Region Police Commander, Director General, Administration, among others.
COP Dr. Dampare became a Chartered Accountant at the age of 25 while serving as a Police Constable and currently holds a Ph.D. in Finance.
COP Dampare was a Special Assistant to the Regional Commander, United Nations Mission in Bosnia Herzegovina, Municipal Police Commander, Cape Coast, ADC to the Vice President of Ghana,
Accountant/Finance Officer, Ghana Police Service, and the Head of Police and Narcotics Desk at the Ministry of Interior.