All you need to know about the new acting IGP


President Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday appointed Deputy Inspector General Police, James Oppong-Boanuh as the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP).

The appointment followed a directive for Mr. David Asante-Appeatu to proceed on leave with immediate effect pending his retirement from the Ghana Police Service on Wednesday 14, 2019.

Here is his profile: James Oppong-Boanuh hails from Aboabo No.1, Dormaa District in the Bono Region.

He joined the Ghana Police Service in 1989 after doing a two-year training course at the Ghana Police Training School and the Ghana Police Academy.

COP Oppong-Boanuh was called to the Bar and enrolled as a Member of the Ghana Bar Association in 1984, the same year he graduated from the Ghana School of Law.

Having had his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Law and Political Science from the University of Ghana, Legon, the new acting IGP holds a Masters in Human Rights from the University of Education, Winneba.

United Nations and Peacekeeping mission experience Between 2010 and 2012, he was appointed Police Commissioner and Head of Police Component of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation (Mission) in Darfur (UNAMID).

In 2005, he was also appointed Deputy Police Commissioner for the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) and led the Advance Team to set up the Police Component of AMIS.

In the same year, he drafted the Police Component's Concept of Operations (CONOPS) and acted as Police Commissioner for the Mission until the arrival of the substantive Commissioner (November 2005 – March 2006).

Between 1984 and 1986 he lectured in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at the Ghana Police Academy(National Service).

Later on, he became a legal officer at the Legal Department of the Agricultural Development Bank, Accra.

Advising the Ghana Police Administration on matters of the law – both criminal and civil – he was directing and supervising investigations by giving legal advice on case files at both investigations and prosecutions level.