The Police Legal Directorate was established in the year 2001. The creation of the Legal Directorate became necessary following the promulgation of the 1992Constitution which made it mandatory for the Head of the Police Legal Directorate to be a member of the Judicial Council. Besides, the return of Constitutional rule also made it incumbent for the Police Administration to have a unit that will swiftly deal with all legal matters involving the Police. Again, the very essence of Policing has to do with the rubrics of law and therefore the coming into being of the Directorate was a measure in the right direction.
FUNCTIONS AND INITIATIVES
The Legal Directorate is the arm of the Police Administration that advises the Police Administration on legal matters and related incidents thereto. The Directorate also serves as a liaison between the Police Administration and the Attorney-General’s Office on matters concerning civil suits against the Service, criminal cases, legislations and other related issues. The Directorate also supervises the prosecution of criminal cases by police prosecutors.
The break down of the functions are as follows:
1. Perusal and rendering of advice on dockets.
2. Liaising with Regional Commanders to advise and direct on the proper course of investigation into criminal cases as and when necessary and also advise prosecutors on charges that have been preferred before the cases go to court.
3. Advising on the appropriate courts to send specific cases.
4. Ensuring that lawyers from the legal offices advise/assist Police prosecutors in the prosecution of cases.
5. Dealing with or handling all civil suits involving the Police, and the Attorney-General in collaboration with the Attorney-General’s Department
6. Establishing liaison between the IGP/Police Service and the Attorney-General’s Office, Judiciary, Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament, etc.
7. Drafting of Deeds/Indenture and other instruments in situations where Police resort to acquisition of landed property (e.g. land, buildings and other real estate development)
8. Preparation of contract agreement/sale contract covering all purchases made by the service.
9. Ensuring the existence of effective maintenance agreement covering items like communication equipment, vehicles, computers etc. that the Police Service purchases.
10. Draw appropriate contracts between the Police Guard and organizations that apply for the use of Police services e.g. Banks.
11. Represent the Police on the Judicial Council.
12. Ensuring the Legal Directorate’s representation at all Tender Board meetings.
13. Reviewing, Repealing, Promulgation, Amendment and Recommendations for Amendment of laws policies and directives of the Police Administration for the information of the members of the service.
14. Drawing up and reviewing all contracts involving the Police and second parties.
15. Liaising with Director-General/HRD to provide training of legal personnel and legal education for other personnel.
16. Drafting of charges against defaulting Police officers or commencement of formal service enquiry proceedings.
17. Review of Appeals submitted by dissatisfied and
aggrieved serving and dismissed Police Officers for final determination by the Inspector-General of Police. Review of petitions submitted by serving and dismissed
Police Officers for ultimate decision by the Police
18. Court Processes soliciting for Police assistance to
execute various Court Orders are examined and
processed at the Directorate accordingly.
NAME OF COMMANDER
ACP/Mr. Ken Yeboah
2I/C: C/Supt/Mr. W. B. Frimpong
National Police Headquarters, Accra
Ghana Police Service
National Police Headquarters
Box GP 116
TELEPHONE : 0302-2768054