COP George Dampare is the new Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the successor to James Oppong Buanuh, the out-gone IGP who has been in office since August 14, 2019.
COP Dr. George Dampare is 51 years of age and is married to Anita Dampare with six children. He is an elder of the church of Pentecost and currently holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) in Finance and, Management from the King’s College University of London. He also has two Master of Science Degrees with distinction in Accounting and Finance from London South-Bank University United Kingdom, and Business System Analysis and Design from the City University of London UK.
Dr.Dampare has a certificate in High-Impact Leadership and a Certificate in Leadership and Management. He became a Chartered Accountant at the age of 25.
He has been in the Ghana Police Service for over 30 years, he joined the service as a constable and has risen through the ranks to the higher rank of the Commissioner of Police. He has served in many leadership capacities in the Ghana Police Service including Director General of Finance, Welfare, Operations, ICT, Commandant of the Police Command and Staff College. He was also Accra Regional Commander.
The new IGP has served and continues to serve on several boards including the Economic and Organized Office (EOCO), Governing Board, Data Link, University College Council, Police Central Disciplinary board, and the Pumpkins Foundation Board( A philanthropic organization for underprivileged children including those with autism).
He is a member of a number of professional associations including the International Association of Chiefs of Police( ICP), the International Association of Crime Analysis (IACA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICA), and the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA).
He previously worked as a research fellow and lecturer at Kings College London. He lectured at the University of Cape-Coast University (UCC) Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Regent University College, and the Data Link University College.
He is also one of the pioneer lecturers at the Business School of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology( KNUST). Dr. Dampare has embarked on a lot of projects and is successful in the majority of them which includes the payment of recruit allowances as well as ATM cards. He also engaged the banks to get them to build ATMs at the police Training school at no cost to the government. When he was the Director-General for Finance, he led the Technical Implementation Team to work with the Fair and Wages Commission to Migrate the Police Service onto the Single Spine Salary Structure as the first institution in the country to complete the migration.
He also led the team to establish the Procurement Unit of the GPS and Ensure Full Implementation of the Procurement Act, and a team of officers to use mostly donations from the private sector to give a facelift to the Police Headquarters by constructing a public affair building the integrity square, the police fitness, social center, and helipad.
COP Dr. Gorge Dampare has undertaken numerous law enforcement courses at tactical, operational, strategic leadership, and management levels making him an all-around police officer with the required skills and competence commensurate with his rank.
With his profile, he is considered by many in and out of the Police as the Second in Command in the service. This is the man the President of the Republic of Ghana has appointed to act as the Inspector General of Police. He will officially take the as Head of the Police Service on August 1, 2021, based on a letter signed on 21 July 2021 by Eugene Arhin Director of Communications, Office of the President.