HISTORY OF THE DIVISION
The Unit was established under Legislative Instrument in 1948 to provide radio communication to support the ever increasing role of the then Gold Coast Police Force, the internal security organization of the Gold Coast Colony.
The first Wireless network covered the CID Headquarters and the Regional centres including the mining towns.
The Police Force embarking on preventive measures to control turbulent situations engineered by politicians to force self – government from their colonial masters, realized the need of collecting information in order to forestall future disturbances.
More radio equipment and patrol cars were introduced, the strength of the operating staff was increased and the Police Information Room was established on a permanent basis.
Personnel were then taken through an intensive training program to assume complete control of the planning, engineering, installation and maintenance aspects of the unit which for many years had been in the hand of the Post and Telecommunications Department.
The Division is headed by the Director of Communications (WIPOL) who advises the Inspector – General of Police, I.G.P, (through Director-General/Technical and General Services) on the type of equipment to be procured and sees to their installation, maintenance and servicing. He is responsible for the administration of the Division and also for the training of the personnel as well as their distribution.
In the Regions and Divisions Assistant WIPOL are responsible to Headquarters through the Regional Commanders on general administrative matters and to the Director of Communications on technical matters.
FUNCTIONS OF THE DIVISION
The Unit comprises a technical and an operational section. The technical Section is made up of