Shake-up in Police command: COP Dampare replaces COP Kofi Boakye
The Inspector-General of Police has made changes in the command structure of the Ghana Police Service with COP/Dr George Akuffo Dampare, the Director-General/Operations replacing former Ashanti Regional Police Commander COP Nathan Kofi Boakye as the Director-General/Research and Planning.
The reshuffle which comes in the wake of increased insecurity in the country also sees COP/Christian Tetteh Yohunu, the Director-General/Special Duties taking up the role of Director-Geneal/Police Intelligence.
en others have also been reassigned to take up various positions across the country.
Whilst the reasons for the latest reshuffle are unknown; it comes at a time when the police service has come under severe criticism following an increase in robbery cases across the country.
COP Dampare, one of Ghana’s most respected and celebrated police officers, was in charge of ICT at the Police Headquarters before he was made Director General of Police Operations in July 2017.
Prior to his appointment to the ICT department, he was the head of the Police Command and Staff College at Winneba in the Central Region, a position he took after he was transferred as the Accra Police Commander in May 2016, prior to the elections.
His reassignment comes at a time when some Ghanaians on social media have called on the government to sack the Interior Minister and the IGP for failing to ensure the protection of the citizenry.
The Minority in Parliament has joined calls on the President for the removal of the IGP.
Deputy Minority Chief Whip, Ahmed Ibrahim, in an interview with Citi News argued that the security situation in the country has worsened under the watch of Mr. Asante-Apeatu as he seems to be doing little to address the problem.
Whiles many have blamed the ineffectiveness of the police for these robbery cases in Accra and other parts of the country, they have blamed the lack of logistics for their inadequacies.