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Ghana Police Service Ranks

The Ghana Police Service operates in twelve divisions: ten covering the ten regions of Ghana, one assigned specifically to the seaport and industrial hub of Tema, and the twelfth being the Railways, Ports and Harbours Division.

An additional division, the Marine Police Unit, exists to handle issues that arise from the country’s offshore oil and gas industry. The current head of the Ghana Police Service is Inspector General of Police (IGP) George Akuffo Dampare

The current head of the Ghana Police Service is Inspector General of Police (IGP) George Akuffo Dampare. For each of the regional police divisions, there is a Regional Commander who is in charge of all operational and administrative functions under his jurisdiction.

In direct operational matters, the Regional Commander furthermore works in tandem with the Regional Operational Commander. For administrative functions, the Regional Commander is assisted by the Deputy Regional Commander and the Regional Crime Officer.

The Deputy Inspector-General of Police is assisted by the Director-General of the Police Administration, and supervises the activities of the regional commanders of police.

Marine Police Unit

In April 2011, the Ghana Police Service set up a special Marine Police Unit (MPU). The unit has amongst its duties policing operations related to the country’s oil and gas industry, and the handling of offenses contained in the Fisheries Act 2002 and Fisheries Regulations 2011.

The Marine Unit was inaugurated in Takoradi on 21 June 2013 by Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur. The unit operates two 9-meter patrol boats (P1 & P2) and four 6.3-meter rigid inflatable boats (P3, P4, and P5 & P6).

Mounted Squadron

On August 12, 2021, the Ghana Police Service launched a horse patrol operations as part of the Mounted Squadron Unit of the Ghana Police Service. This unit would be running patrol services in some selected part of Accra, Ghana

Ghana Police Service Ranks

  • Inspector General of Police
  • Deputy Inspector General
  • Commissioner
  • Deputy Commissioner
  • Assistant Commissioner
  • Chief Superintendent
  • Superintendent
  • Deputy Superintendent
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • Chief Inspector
  • Inspector
  • Sergeant
  • Corporal
  • Lance Corporal
  • Constable

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