President John Mahama has sworn Mr. John Kudalor in as the Inspector General of Police (IGP) in a ceremony today [Friday] .
Mr. Kudalor was appointed by the President to the position in an acting capacity in November 2015.
He took over from the former IGP Mohammed Alhassan, who was to commence his accumulated leave prior to his retirement.
The President made the appointment in consultation with the Vice President who chairs the Police Council.
‘Work towards reducing road accidents’
On Wednesday, some 61 people perished with several others are in critical condition following an accident involving a Metro Mass Transit Bus in Kintampo.
Addressing the ceremony on Friday, President Mahama called on the Police Service to continue to work with other responsible agencies to reduce the occurrence of such incidents.
“The 60 of our compatriots, who died in the accident on the Kintampo road, I believe that the Police Service is working with the National Road Safety Commission to continue to do its best to see how we can bring down the rate of vehicle accidents,” he said.
John Kudalor assured the President of the commitment of the service to ensuring that the law is adhered to in every situation .
“With this ghastly incident happening, which is one too many, we are going to go back to the board and ensure that our men on the road also implement the law to its letter to ensure that lives are saved.”
He expressed gratitude to the President for the confidence he had reposed in him by making him the substantive IGP.
Kudalor shakes up police service
Few weeks after his appointment as the acting IGP, John Kudalor made changes to the service’s top hierarchy. The changes have been seen as a way of heralding a new era for the service.
He also made COP Prosper Kwame Agblor the Director General of the CID National headquarters, and DCOP Awuni as the Eastern Regional Police Commander after he previously headed the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD).
DCOP Ransford Ninson , formerly the Central Regional Police Commander was elevated as the Director General of Medics at the Police headquarters in Accra, with DCOP Yaagy Akuribah heading the regional command.
However, the Police leadership in the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Northern, Volta, Western, Upper East and Upper West region remained unchanged.
COP David Asante Apeatu, the former Director General in charge of Research, was moved to head the General ICT Department of the police headquarters in Accra.
The Director General Public Affairs, DCOP Nenyi Ampah Benin, also took charge of the Police Investigations and Professional Standards Bureau (PIPS)
Cephas Arthur was maintained as the Director of Public Relations of the service.
By: Edwin Kwakwofi/citifmonline.com/Ghana