The Director-General in charge of Administration, COP Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, has been appointed as the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP).
COP Dampare who will be taking over from James Oppong-Boanuh will start his new appointment on August 1, 2021.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a statement directed Mr James Oppong Boanuh, to embark on terminal leave effective Sunday, August 1, 2021, pending his retirement from the Police Service on Thursday, 7th October 2021.
New Director-General for Prisons Service
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has also asked the Director-General of the Prisons Service, Mr Patrick Darko Missah, to go on terminal leave from Sunday, August 1 2021, with his retirement from the Police set to begin on Saturday, 16th October 2021.
Mr Isaac Kofi Egyir will act as the Director-General of the Prisons Service, from Sunday, August 1, 2021, until a new Director-General is appointed.
"President Akufo-Addo has conveyed, in person, his gratitude to both Mr. James Oppong Boanuh and Mr. Patrick Darko Missah for their dedicated and meritorious services to the nation and to the Police and Prisons Services, respectively, and wished them the very best in their future endeavours," the statement added.
Profile of COP Dr George Akuffo Dampare
Dr. Dampare holds a PhD in Finance and served in various capacities in the Police service. He will become the youngest IGP.
He is married to Anita and has six children.
Dr. Dampare joined the Ghana Police Service (GPS) as a Constable in December 1990 at age 20 and rose through the ranks to become Commissioner of Police (COP) 24 years later at age 44 in 2014.
In 1991, on completion of his recruit training, Dr. Dampare was 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 has served in many leadership capacities in the Service including; Director General (Finance), Director General (Welfare), Director General (ICT), Commandant of the Police Command and Staff College, and Accra Region Police Commander. He is currently the Director-General (Operations) of the Service.
COP Dr Akuffo Dampare became a chartered accountant at the age of 25.
Dr. Dampare also has a certificate in High Impact leadership from the Institute for Sustainability Leadership, University of Cambridge, UK and a certificate in Leadership and Management from the Aresty Institute of Executive Education, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Dr. Dampare is a member of a number of professional associations including the International Association of Chiefs of Police (ICP), International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICA) and the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA).
Dr. Dampare has also served and continues to serve on several boards including the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) Governing Board, Data Link University College Council, Police Central Disciplinary Board and the Pumpkins Foundation Board (a philanthropic organization for underprivileged children, including those with autism).
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