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An Overview of the Ghana Police Service
Journal of Security Sector Management (2006)
  • Emmanuel Kwesi Aning
This paper is divided into five sections (chapters). First, it starts with a general historical overview of the force in terms of its origins and development. Second, is an outline of the structural development, growth and expansion of the service from its inception in the colonial period until 2001. Since the Police Service is one of the regulating arms of government, it would be useful and appropriate to review the legislative, constitutional and other legal instruments regulating the service. In an earlier paragraph, it was posited that while different governments seeking to examine the service and correct any problems and anomalies within the service, in most cases, have established several committees the recommendations of the reports have not been acted on with dire consequences.4 Thus, this paper will examine and review the reports of commissions or committees of inquiry affecting the structure, organisation and work of the police. Consistent with the analysis, the paper will examine the service as at anno 2001 by providing a critical perspective on the challenges confronting the service in a democratised society. Finally, the concluding section will discuss ‘whither the police service in Ghana today’ by raising issues that can contribute to a better understanding of the challenges faced by the service.
  • Ghana,
  • police force,
  • organization
Publication Date
April, 2006
Citation Information
Emmanuel Kwesi Aning. "An Overview of the Ghana Police Service" Journal of Security Sector Management Vol. 4 Iss. 2 (2006)
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