Like most Police Institutions, the Ghana Police Service (GPS) has a civilian oversight or governing body that regulates and directs policy initiatives of the Service. This body is called the Police Council.
The establishment of the Police Council is a constitutional requirement under Article 201 of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana. The current Police Council is the 5th under the 1992 Constitution. The 5th Council was sworn into office by His Excellency the President Prof. J.E.A. Mills on 28th July, 2009.
COMPOSITION OF THE COUNCIL
The composition of the council is based on the Police Service Act, 1970 (Act 350) and article 201 of the 1992 constitution.
The governing body of the Police Council is made up of the following:
- A Chairman who shall be appointed by the President acting in consultation with the Council of State
- The Minister responsible for the Interior
- The Inspector-General of Police
- The Attorney-General or his representative
- A lawyer nominated by the Ghana Bar Association
- A representative of the Retired Senior Police Officers Association
- Two members of the Police Service, appointed by the President, acting in consultation with Council of State, one of whom shall be of a junior rank: and
- Two other members appointed by the President
The membership includes :
- His Excellency Vice President John Dramani Mahama(Chairman)
- Hon. Dr. Benjamin Kunbour (Minister for the Interior)
- Mr. Paul Quaye (Inspector-General of Police)
- Mr.Ebo Barton Odro (Deputy Attorney-General)
- COP/Rtd. Mr. Kwesi Nkansah (Representative of the Retired Senior Police Officers' Association)
- DCOP/Dr. Alex Peter Wiredu (Representative of Senior Police Officers)
- Mr.Aboah (President’s Nominee)
- Mr. Ebo Quarshie (Rep. Ghana Bar Association)
- Inspector Foli Nadinkom (Representative of Junior Police Officers)
- Alhaji Salifu Osman ,Cheif Director of Interior(Secretary)
FUNCTIONS OF THE POLICE COUNCIL
The Police Council as established under Article 203 of the 1992 Constitution has the following functions:
Advising the President on matters of policy relating to internal security, including the role of the Police Service, budgeting and finance, administration and the promotion of officers above the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police.
The Police Council may, with the prior approval of the President, by constitutional instrument, make regulations for the performance of its functions under this constitution or any other law and for the effective and efficient administration of the Police Service.
Such Regulations shall include regulations in respect of:-
- the control and administration of the Police Service;
- the ranks of officers and men of each unit of the Police Service, the members of each rank and the use of uniforms by the members;
- the conditions of service including those relating to the enrolment, salaries, pensions, gratuities and other allowances of officers and men;
- the authority and powers of command of officers and men of the Police Service; and
- The delegation to other persons of powers to discipline persons and the conditions subject to which delegations may be made.
SUB-COMMITTEES OF THE POLICE COUNCIL
The Police Council has four Sub-Committees, namely: Legal, Security, Welfare, and Finance and Administration.
- This Committee considers all petitions from aggrieved personnel either serving or dismissed and the general public address to the council.
- To develop Regulations as per Article 203 (2) and (93) of the 1992 Constitution;
- To consider any other issues relating to the legal status of the Ghana Police service.
LEGAL SUB-COMMITEE IS MADE UP OF
|Mr. J. Ebow Quarshie
|Mrs. Alice Otuteye
|COP/Rtd Mr. Kwasi Nkansa
|DCOP/Dr. Peter Alex Wiredu
|Inspr. Paul Fori Nabinkom
Alhaji Salifu Osman