Commissioner of Police (COP) George Alex Mensah, one of the officers captured on tape allegedly plotting the removal of the IGP, has retired from the police service.
He retired on Sunday, September 17, 2023, as he attained the compulsory retirement age of sixty (60) as enshrined in the laws of the country.
The senior officer served in the police service for over 30 years.
He held various positions until he went on leave pending retirement.
Until his retirement, he was the director general in charge of all police operations.
He had already taken his turn before the committee probing the matter.
Among other things, he described the IGP as the worst in the history of the Ghana Police Service.
He also admitted his voice was on the tape, but portions of it were doctored.
COP Mensah is expected to receive his full benefits as a retired officer.
The police service regulation, 2012, constitution instrument (CI 76) stipulates all the benefits that are to be given to COP George Alex Mensah. Section 121 (1) states that “in accordance with Article 119(1) and (2) of the 1992 Constitution, officers of the service who have attained the voluntary and compulsory retirement age shall be paid gratuities and pensions from the Consolidated Fund.
(2) An officer of the service who has served for ten continuous years or more, shall be paid retiring benefits from the Consolidated Fund
(3) An officer of the service who has served for less than ten continuous years is, unless otherwise prescribed in these Regulations entitled to receive proportionate gratuity for the period served.
(4) The consolidated annual salary to be used for the calculation of pension Retirement Benefits and gratuities shall be the basic salary and other allowances enjoyed by an officer of the service at the time of retirement
(5) The Inspector-General, Deputy Inspector-General of Police or any officer not below the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police, shall on retirement, enjoy the benefits of the service as approved by the Council.
(6) The retirement benefits of an officer against whom criminal or disciplinary proceedings are pending shall be withheld until the proceedings are finally concluded.