The Ghana Police Service (GPS) ranks are divided into two – the Senior Officers and Junior Officers. The highest rank in the Service is the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and descends to an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) being the last rank within the Senior Officers schedule.
The current head of the Ghana Police Service is Inspector General of Police (IGP) George Akuffo Dampare.
The service is under the control of the Ghanaian Ministry of the Interior and set to recruit over 2000 applicants, both junior and senior officers who apply through the Ghana Police recruitment portal.
Ghana Police Service Ranks
In order of ranks, here are all Ghana Police Service ranks from the highest to the lowest.
- Inspector General of Police
- Deputy Inspector General
- Deputy Commissioner
- Assistant Commissioner
- Chief Superintendent
- Deputy Superintendent
- Assistant Superintendent
- Chief Inspector
- Lance Corporal
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Ghana Police Service Ranks and their Symbols
The ranking structure of the Service is divided into two – the Senior Officers and Junior Officers.
Inspector-General of Police (IGP) –The Star surrounded by laurel leaves surmounted by two eagles facing each other and one Star
Deputy Inspector-General of Police (D/IGP) – The Star surrounded by laurel leaves surmounted by two eagles facing each other
Commissioner of Police (COP) – The Star surrounded by laurel leaves surmounted by two Stars
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) – The Star surrounded by laurel leaves surmounted by one Star
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) – The Star surrounded by laurel leaves
Chief Superintendent of Police (C/Supt) – Two Eagles facing each other surmounted by one Star
Superintendent of Police (Supt) – Two eagles facing each other
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) – Three Stars
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) – Two Stars
Cadet Officer (CO) – One Star (personnel of this rank are not Senior Officers yet but are on Officer Corps training into becoming Senior Officers at the Police Academy.
In Ghana, basically the Police Service begins from Constable, after a satisfactory completion of a training programme in any of the police training schools across the country. The Constable rises through the ranks to a Chief Inspector of Police, being the highest rank in the Junior Officers’ Schedule.
Chief Inspector (C/Inspr) – Four white metal bars each mounted with the Black Star in the centre
Inspector (Inpr) – Three white metal bars each mounted with the Star in the centre
Regiment Sergeant Major (RSM) – The Ghana Coat of Arms in the form of a metal badge worn on both sleeves
District Sergeant Major (DSM) – The Star surrounded by laurel leaves in a form of a metal badge worn on the left sleeve
Sergeant (Sgt) – Three chevrons worn on both sleeves
Corporal (Cpl) – Two chevrons worn on both sleeves
Lance Corporal (L/Cpl) – One chevron worn on both sleeves