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Professional policing was introduced by the British Colonial Authorities to the Gold Coast now the Republic of Ghana in 1821. Prior to that, policing or maintenance of law and order was organized by the traditional authorities such as the local headsmen and chiefs, who employed unpaid messengers to carry out the executive and judicial functions in their respective communities.

In 1894, the Institution of Police was formalized with the passing of the Police Ordinance which gave legal authority for the formation of a Civil Police Force now the Ghana Police Service

The Ghana Police Service as it is now called has as its motto “Service with Integrity”.  The functions of the Ghana Police Service as stated in the Police Service  Act, 1970 [Act 350] of Ghana are as follows;

  • Crime detection and prevention
  • Apprehension [arrest] and prosecution of offenders
  • Maintenance of law and order
  • Due enforcement of the law

Professional policing was introduced by the British Colonial Authorities to the Gold Coast now the Republic of Ghana in 1821. Prior to that, policing or maintenance of law and order was organized by the traditional authorities such as the local headsmen and chiefs, who employed unpaid messengers to carry out the executive and judicial functions in their respective communities.  In 1894, the Institution of Police was formalized with the passing of the Police Ordinance which gave legal authority for the formation of a civil police force.

In 1902 the force was split into General, Escort, Mines and Railway Police, which was legalized by the Police [Amendment] Ordinance of 1904.

The Marine Police was formed in 1916 but disbanded in 1942 and replaced by Customs Excise and Preventive Service.  The Criminal Investigation Department [CID] was formed in 1921 with the finger print section fully operational in 1922. In 1948, the Police Reserves Unit was formed to combat riotous mobs, following the 1948 riots in the country. The wireless and Communications Unit was formed in 1950 with the formal opening of the Police Information Room in Accra by the then Governor of the Gold Coast, Sir Charles Noble Arden Clark, in June 1950.

By 1952, a large number of Africans were enlisted into the Police Force as junior officers.  The women branch of the service was then established, to be responsible for Juvenile crimes and offences committed by women.  In 1958, the first Ghanaian Police Commissioner, Mr. E. R. T. Madjitey was appointed to head the service.

Functions

The primary functions of the Service are those stipulated in Section 1 of the Police Service Act, 1970 (Act 350). It states among others that: “It shall be the duties of the Police Service to prevent and detect crime, to apprehend offenders and to maintain public order and safety of persons and properties”.

Service to the Public

Apart from the normal Police duties, the Police render other important services to the public. Some of these are:

  • Performing Motor Traffic duties to ensure safety on our roads.
  • Vetting and issuance of Police Criminal check certificates.
  • Assisting and helping the female gender to deal with traumatic and psychological problems as a result of sexual abuse (usually against minors). WAJU deals with this.

ADDRESS: Ring Road East,Cantonment, Ghana

Opening Hours

Monday

24-HOURS

Tuesday

24-HOURS

Wednesday

24-HOURS

Thursday

24-HOURS

Friday

24-HOURS

Saturday

24-HOURS

Sunday

24-HOURS

Address

Our Address:

Ring Road East, Cantonment, Ghana

GPS:

5.565041709839104, -0.1776584049405301

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