Friday, 8th October 2021
President Akuffo Addo has sworn in Dr. George Akuffo Dampare as the substantive Inspector General of Police (IGP). The swearing in was done today at the Flagstaff House in a brief ceremony. Dr. Dampare becomes the 23rd IGP in Ghana and the youngest chief of the police service under the fourth republic.
In his address, President Akuffo Addo praised the new IGP for the work he did in acting capacity in the last two months. According to him, Dr. Dampare gave him no option but to confirm him as substantive IGP. He said when he informed the council of elders about his intention to confirm Dr. Dampare, the response was resounding.
Nana Addo also thanked the former IGP Mr. James Oppong Boanuah for his handling of the service before handing over. He was particular about the calm and professional ways he lead his men to handle last year general elections.
"In July this year, I asked the then IGP to prepare to hand over his position pending his official retirement from the Police Service which came off yesterday. I therefore appointed Dr. Dampare in acting capacity over the last two months. I hereby use this opportunity to thank the former IGP for maintaining peace and order in the country during his tenure. His handling of the 2020 elections demonstrated how professional the entire police service is, and I thank him for that. Indeed he has won from me a life long respect", the president stated.
In his response, Dr. George Akuffo Dampare thanked the president for the confidence reposed in him. He said his focus was to put the police service in a position of world class policing. The promised that he and his men will work hard to maintain peace and order in the country.
To his colleague police officers, Dr. Dampare advised them to treat civilians with respect. "Remember that before you joined the service, you were civilians and upon retirement you will be civilians. It is therefore important as police, we create an atmosphere of peace and stability for the civilians", he concluded.
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