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ST.. George Catholic Police Church

BRIEF HISTORY

Real Catholic Chaplaincy of the Ghana Police Service was introduced by Mr. Peter T. Nanfuri, former Inspector-General of Police in 1998.  The first Catholic priest to be enlisted as Chaplain to the Ghana Police Service was Rev. Fr. George Arthur of the Sekondi-Takoradi Catholic Diocese.

Prior to the chaplain’s enlistment on 1st April 1998, priests of the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra specifically from the parishes of Kpehe, Nima and the Holy Spirit Cathedral were making periodic visitations to the handful Catholics at the National Police Training School, (NPTS), Tesano.  Prominent among these priests were Rev. Frs. Alex Bobby Benson and Samuel Appiasi.

After his basic police training in August 1998, Fr. Arthur entered the Ghana Police College, Accra where he was commissioned as a Senior Officer (Assistant Superintendent of Police) with forty nine (49) others by H.E. John Evans Atta Mills, the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana on 30th April 1999.   ASP/Rev. Fr. Arthur was posted to National Police Training School (NPTS) as Chaplain and Instructor in August 1999.

Initially the Catholic community and the police trainees were worshipping in the classrooms.  However, through the instrumentality, initiative and hard work of Fr. Arthur and the cooperation of the Police Administration, there was a sod-cutting ceremony on 20th November 2004 for the commencement of a Catholic Church building at NPTS, Accra.  This historical ceremony was jointly performed by Nana Owusu Nsiah, the then Inspector-General of Police and Most Rev. Dominic Kwadwo Andoh, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra.

The Church building project is still ongoing with the painting, ceiling and the refurbishment of the offices as the major phases of the project yet to be completed.  Liturgical programmes had been organized in this uncompleted building after the roofing in 2008.

The membership of the church is composed of police officers, periodic catholic police trainees and civilians.  The one thousand sitting – capacity church has St. George as its patron.

On 24th May 2007, the second Catholic Police Chaplain was enlisted.  He is Rev. Fr. James Kaku who was ordained priest to the Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese on 8th December 2001.  He was commissioned as Senior Police Officer (Assistant Superintendent of Police) from the Ghana Police College on 3rd June 2011 and has since been working at the National Police Training School (NPTS) as a Class Instructor and second in command to Chief Superintendent/Rev. Fr. George Arthur.

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