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In his first major shake-up of the top hierarchy since assuming the leadership of the Ghana Police Service (GPS), IGP James Oppong-Buanuh has replaced COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo Danquah as Director General (DG) of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) with COP Isaac Ken Yeboah. He has moved the recently promoted DCOP David Eklu from the Public Affairs Directorate to the Police Hospital as Administrator.
Until his movement to the CID, COP Ken Yeboah was DG, Administration.
COP Tiwaa’s transfer to the equally critical department of the law enforcement agency, Welfare, is an action which her critics, in the wake of the mess surrounding the press conference she hosted on the missing Takoradi girls, had demanded.
While some would speculate that her movement is as a result of that issue, others think otherwise saying that she is a capable superior officer who would make her mark in her new portfolio.
COP/Dr. George Akuffo Dampare leaves his position as DG, Welfare, to take on the portfolio of Administration.
COP Christian Tetteh Yohunu vacates his Director Generalship of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department to take over management of Special Duties; his position now goes to COP Beatrice Zakpa Vib-Sanziri who was in charge of the PPSB.
COP Alex Amponsah-Asiamah, DG, Services, has moved to head the ICT Directorate as COP Alphonse Adu Amankwah, Eastern Regional Commander, heads for the headship of the PSO.
COP George Alex Mensah, DG Operations, is now in charge of Services, and COP Francis Ebenezer Duku leaves his current DG Special Services for Service Workshops.
DCOP Redeemer Vincent Dedjoe, Regional Commander Western Region, is now head of PPSB, Headquarters, as DCOP Elizabeth Appolonia Dassah leaves her current desk at the Police Headquarters to head the Female Police Secretariat at the Police Headquarters.
DCOP Kwaku Boadu-Peprah, the Ashanti Regional Commander, is now DG, Operations.
In a related development, the IGP has moved DCOP Paul Kwame Ayittey from his position as the 2i/c Upper East Region to Regional Commander, Oti Region.
DCOP Albert Nang-Baa Denkaabe, Regional Commander North East Region, is now the Armourer General at the Police Headquarters as DCOP Assibey Ahenkan, Oti Region, takes over Logistics at the Police Headquarters.
DCOP Moses Asabagna Atibillah MIU/R&P becomes 2i/c Northern Region as DCOP Felix Fosu-Agyemang 2i/c goes to the Western Region as Regional Commander.
DCOP Ernest Owusu, 2i/c TR, goes to Ashanti Region as Commander and DCOP Afful Boakye-Yiadom, 2i/c Eastern Region, becoming the Regional Commander of Eastern Region.
DCOP Anderson Fosu-Ackah, Central MTTD, Accra, is now 2i/c Tema Region and DCOP Charles Domanban, 2i/c North East, taking over as the regional commander.
DCOP Victor Adusah-Poku, Administrator Police Hospital, now becomes 2i/c Western Region, as ACP Andrews Boadu-Ekumah, Nkawkaw Division, now becomes 2i/c in the Ashanti Region.
The administrative structure at the Police Headquarters as per Service Instruction No 5 bestows the headship of the law enforcement agency in the IGP who shall be subject to the control and direction of the Police Council. The IGP shall be in charge of exercising general day-to-day supervision of the operation administration of the Police Service.
He shall be assisted by a Deputy IGP in the absence of which the Directors General of the various schedules.
The Deputy IGP shall assist the IGP, act in his absence and report directly to the IGP.
The Director General, Administration, shall report to the IGP on the day-to-day administration of the service, including notification of the appropriate body on promotions when due, ensuring the implementation of policies and directives of the IGP.
The DG, Administration, shall also co-ordinate activities of all regional commanders, provide effective link between the IGP and the regional commanders.
He or she shall also ensure the existence of a good secretariat where records, files and documents are worked on with minimum delay and liaise with other schedule officers for effective co-ordination, among other functions.
The DG, Welfare, handles all matters about transfers of personnel in the non-commissioned and inspectorate brackets and general welfare in the service.
The CID is one of the critical departments of all law enforcement operations worldwide. The DG at the CID is responsible for all matters regarding investigations.
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