[ 2012-03-10 ]
Shake-Up In Police
The Police Administration has made major command
changes, especially in the Greater Accra and
The Greater Accra Regional Police Commander, COP
Rose Atinga- Bio, moves to the Police Headquarters
as Director General in charge of Administration.
The movement, about which DAILY GUIDE predicted
earlier, is part of an arrangement towards the
forthcoming 2012 polls. It has also been informed
by the promotion of some superior officers such as
COP Rose Atinga Bio from a previous rank of DCOP.
The Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP
Patrick Timbilla, who was left out of the recent
promotion exercise, takes over from COP Rose
Atinga Bio who, by virtue of her new rank, must
move to the headquarters.
The Tema Regional Commander, DCOP Augustine
Gyening, takes over from DCOP Timbilla as
predicted by DAILY GUIDE a couple of weeks ago.
DCOP Mina Ayim, Director of Community Policing,
now moves to the Police Headquarters as Director
General in charge of Welfare.
His Second-In-Command, Chief Superintendent
Mohammed Fusseni Suraji, now takes over the
headship of the unit.
DCOP Osabarima Oware Pinkro II, until now deputy
Western Regional Police Commander, is now assigned
headship of the Service Workshop as Director
DCOP Maxwell Sikapasco Atingane moves from the
Police Headquarters to Tema as the new Regional
Other officers affected by the shake-up are DCOP
David Nenyin Ampah Benin, Director General
in-charge of Welfare who is now going to head the
ACP Paul Manly Awini, the Dansoman Divisional
Commander, moves to the Police Headquarters as
Deputy Operational Commander while ACP Fred
Agyapong Asare, Tarkwa Divisional Commander, now
becomes the Deputy Western Regional Commander.
With the exception of the changes involving DCOP
Ayim, DCOP Ampa-Bennin and Chief Supt. Suraji,
whose changes take effect from April 1, 2012, the
rest take effect from Monday, March 12, 2012
Speculation about the replacement for DCOP Patrick
Timbilla has been in the air for a while now,
especially on the political turf.
When DAILY GUIDE carried a story about a scheduled
transfer of top police officers as part of
preparations towards the 2012 elections,
pro-government elements sought to discredit it.
The Police Administration found the story
unsavoury, especially the political advantages the
movement was claimed to achieve.
The Tema Regional Commander, who now moves to the
Ashanti Region, is the man who condemned the
recruitment into the Service during the NPP
administration as flawed. He also accused former
President John Agyekum Kufuor of recruiting armed
robbers into the Police Service.
His movement to the Ashanti Region would provoke
a lot of queries from non-NDC players.
DCOP Timbilla is one of the superior officers who
observers claimed should have been considered in
the last promotions in the Service.
He handled the Fulani menace in the Agogo area of
the Ashanti Region so efficiently that the matter
has virtually been confined to the backburners for
Hackman Owusu-Agyemang, Member of Parliament for
New Juaben North, recently had cause to complain
about unacceptable promotions in the Police
The unacceptable manner in which it was conducted,
he said, was repugnant to the country's
He particularly pointed out in Parliament why some
DCOPs were jumped over others and not promoted to
Commissioners when their elevations were long
Mr. Owusu-Agyemang asked why DCOPs such as Patrick
Timbilla, Ashanti regional Commander, Frank
Adu-Poku and David Asante-Apeatu were
Five top police officers are said to be on the
verge of retiring, having hit the compulsory
retirement age of 60, barring their engagement on
contract by the Police Council, headed by Vice
President John Mahama.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Paul
Tawiah Quaye, has rubbished claims in a section of
the media that he has been relieved of his post.
A statement from the Ghana Police Service said the
Chief Constable 'is still at post, and that he has
not been relieved of his duties as the
Inspector-General of Police as being speculated'.
'While debunking this piece of information as a
total falsehood, we wish to state that such
attitudes have the potential to create unnecessary
tension in the Police Service in particular and in
the country as a whole,' the outgoing
Director-General in charge of Administration, DCOP
Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, said in the statement.
He said, 'Consequently, the Police Administration
wishes to entreat all media houses and media
personnel to cross-check their information before
coming out, in order not to create a situation
that will disturb the peace of the country.'
Source - Daily Guide
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