The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. James Oppong-Boanuh was ‘pulled out’ from the Ghana Police Service as a serving member after a parade was held in his honour on Friday, 30th July 2021 at the National Police Training School in Accra.
He proceeds on leave pending retirement on 7th October 2021, while Dr. George Akuffo Dampare acts as the IGP.
He was appointed as the Inspector General of Police (IGP) of the Ghana Police Service by President Nana Akufo-Addo in October 2019.
Prior to being appointed as IGP, Oppong-Boanuh served in different command and staff positions including Aide-de-camp to the IGP, Chief Staff Officer to the IGP; Director-General of Welfare, Director-General of Human Resources; Regional Commander, Director-General of Legal and Prosecutions, Director-General of Administration and Deputy IGP.
In October 2019, he was confirmed as the substantive IGP and given a two-year extension of service. As the IGP, he is also a member of the 10-member Ghana Police Service Council and head of the Police Management Board.
Oppong-Boanuh has served on several international missions over the years whilst in the Ghana Police Service. In 1994, he worked as a member of the United Nations Operation in Mozambique (ONUMOZ) and from 2001 to 2002 with United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET).
He was also appointed as Deputy Commissioner of Police of the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS), serving from 2004 to 2005. He later went on to serve as the acting Police Commissioner and head of the Police unit of AMIS. In that role, Oppong-Boanuh led an advance team to establish the police unit of the mission from scratch.
On 19 August 2010, he took up duties as Police Commissioner to the United Nations–African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) succeeding South African Major-General Michael Fryer who had retired. Whilst working as police commissioner at UNAMID, he is credited for facilitating the appointment of female officers into command positions to ensure gender equality give women an equal opportunity to serve.
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