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Regional Policing


For effective policing and maintenance of law and order, the entire country is divided into twelve (12) Police Regions (i.e. Accra, Tema, Ashanti, Eastern, Western, Central, Brong Ahafo, Volta, Northern, Upper East, Upper West and Railways, Ports and Harbours). A new Marine Police Division has been created to take care of policing in relation to issues concerning the Oil and Gas industry.
Each regional police has a REGIONAL Commander in charge of both administrative and operational issues.
He is directly responsible for all Policing activities in the region. Administratively and operationally, Regional Commanders report to the Inspector-General of Police through the Deputy Inspector-General of Police who is assisted by the Director-General/Administration.
The Regional Commander is assisted in the overall management and handling of operational issues by a Regional Operational Commander.

Administratively, the Regional Commander is assisted by his/her second in command and the Crime Officer.
Every region, except the National Headquarters, is divided into divisions with each division headed by a Divisional Commander.
Each Division is divided into Districts with a District Commander in charge.
Each District Command has direct control and supervisory responsibilities over all Police Stations and Posts placed under it.
Also Regional Commanders have oversight responsibilities and command over the following Units:

Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU)
Crime Offices
Courts and Prosecution
Domestic Violence and Victim Support (DOVVSU)
Mobile Force (in eight regions)
Rapid Deployment Force (RDF)
Highway Patrol Unit
Public Affairs Directorate
Arms and Ammunition
Finance Offices
Audit Offices
Police Training Schools (in six regions).

Buffalo Unit (in Ashanti & Tema regions)

The present Police Administration has embarked on an expansionist programme to bring policing services closer to the communities.
In line with this, new regions, divisions and districts have been created:
Presently we have:

12 Regions

51 Divisions

179 Districts

651 Stations

Crime Fighters


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