Dr. George Akuffo Dampare is Inspector General of Police
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As part of the Ghana Police Service’s transformational agenda to improve the delivery of policing services to the public the Police Service has decentralized criminal clearance services in the country as a first step towards a full automation process.

Effective Monday, 22nd May, 2003, persons seeking criminal clearance can do so in any of the 25 Police regions across the country.

Currently, all criminal background checks are conducted exclusively at the CID Headquarters, Accra, and individuals and organisations who require this service have to travel all the way to Accra just for this purpose.

In order to ease this burden, the criminal clearance service has been decentralized to all the twenty-five (25) Police Regions across the country and the service can now be assessed from this locations without the need to come to Accra.

Currently, the Ghana Police Service has twenty-five (25) Police Regional Commands across the country where this service can be assessed. These are:
• Ahafo Regional Police Command-Goaso
• Bono Regional Police Command-Sunyani
• Bono East Regional Police Command-Techiman
• Ashanti Regional Police Command -Kumasi
• Ashanti South Regional Police Command -Bekwai
• Ashanti North Regional Police Command-Mampong
• Tema Regional Police Command-Tema
• Central Regional Police Command -Cape Coast
• Central East Regional Police Command -Kasoa
• Central North Regional Police Command-Assin Fosu
• Eastern Regional Police Command-Koforidua
• Eastern South Regional Police Command-Kibi
• Eastern North-Mpraeso
• Northern Regional Police Command -Tamale
• North-East-Nalerigu
• Savanah-Damongo
• Upper East Regional Police Command -Bolga
• Upper West Regional Police Command-Wa
• Volta Regional Police Command-Ho
• Volta North Regional Police Command-Hohoe,
• Oti Regional Police Command-Dambai
• Western Regional Police Command-Takoradi
• Western Central Regional Police Command-Tarkwa
• Western North Regional Police Command-Sehwi Wiawso
• Accra-Nima Police Station

The decentralisation of the criminal clearance process is expected to make the service more accessible and convenient for individuals across the country, thereby bringing another policing service closer to the doorstep of the public.

The police in a release said “we continue to urge the public to support us in our effort to become the best institution in the country and a reference point for Africa and beyond.”

Source: Ghana Police Service