President Akufo-Addo has sworn in Dr. George Akuffo-Dampare as the new Inspector General of Police (IGP) after two months of him [Dampare] occupying the position in an acting capacity.
President Akufo-Addo at the swearing-in ceremony said he had been vindicated in appointing Dr. Goerge Akuffo-Dampare in an acting capacity following the positive commendation that followed the performance of the IGP.
According to the President, and the newly-Inspector General of Police, COP Dr George Akuffo Dampare will need to liaise to ensure that the Police service is not stampeded by politicians.
The ceremony was organized at the Jubilee House on Friday, October 8, 2021.
The President stated that “It is in everybody’s interest that the Police Service conducts itself as a principled, creditable instrument of accomplishing the executive’s duty to maintaining law and order in the state. Governments in our body politics have term limits, in a multiparty democracy parties win and lose power. It is good for the health of the nation that this should be so.
“This is why the Police Service under your leadership should not tie its wellbeing or otherwise to the fortunes of the ruling party of the day.
“As president, and together with you as Inspector General of Police, we need to cooperate to ensure that the Police service is left to focus on its core mandate and not be an appendage of the ruling party,” Mr Akufo-Addo said.
Dr Dampare said in his acceptance speech noted that “Working with my colleagues in the Police service and outside it, and also getting the support and the backing of the population of the country we will be able to leave the Police service better than we came to meet it.
“So that at the end of the day if we leave the service and we are passing by and we see Police people doing excellent job we will be proud and tell ourselves that yes we also contributed and as a result of that we are seeing a different Police service.”