Ghana Police Service ranks, symbols, recruitment in 2024

Ghana Police Service ranks, symbols, recruitment in 2024

The Ghana Police Service (GPS) is Ghana's primary security and law enforcement agency. It is among Ghana's numerous public sector organisations. However, its service is under the control of the Ghanaian Interior Ministry. Here is detailed information about GPS ranks, symbols, and recruitment.

Ghana police officers walking around with police dogs
Ghana Police Service is the country's main law enforcement agency. Photo: @GhPoliceService (modified by author)
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Ghana Police Service is responsible for protecting and preserving internal security across all 16 regions of Ghana. It is also an essential stakeholder in ARAP's anti-corruption efforts in Ghana. GPS focuses on crime prevention and detection.

History and vision of the Ghana Police Service

The British Colonial Authorities introduced professional policing to the "Gold Coast," currently the Republic of Ghana. The body was formalised in 1894 with the passing of the police ordinance, which gave legal authority to form a local police force, the Ghana Police Service.

In 1902, the civil police force was separated into four major parts: Escort, General, Mines Police, and Railways; it was legalised in 1904 by the Police (Amendment) Ordinance. Finally, in 1916, the Marine Police were born but later replaced by Preventive Service and Customs Excise in 1942.

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The Criminal Investigation Department started in 1921, and the fingerprint section operated entirely in 1922. Then, in 1948, after major riots in the nation, the Police Reserves Unit was born to work on the riotous mobs.

Governor of the Gold Coast, Sir Charles Noble Arden Clark, formed the Wireless and Communications Unit in June 1950. As a result, a massive group of Africans were listed in the Police Force as junior officers in 1952.

However, the women's section of the service was established to rule on juvenile offences and crimes that women commit. In 1958, Mr E. R. T. Madjitey received the first Ghanaian Police Commissioner appointment.

Officers in parade
Ghana Police Service aims to be an exceptional police service with the capacity to give good services to the people. Photo: @GhPoliceService
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The key vision of the Ghana Police Service is to be an exceptional Police Service capable of providing democratic, peaceful, and planned services that are up to the standards of global best practices.

Ghana Police Service ranks

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Every organised movement has levels to ensure smooth operation. So, any person serving in the force is allotted a particular section and has a position. These ranks are divided into two: superior and subordinate officers. Here is a list of the ranks in police service in Ghana, beginning from the top-most level.


  • Superior officers
  • Inspector-General of Police
  • Deputy Inspector General
  • Commissioner
  • Deputy Commissioner
  • Assistant Commissioner
  • Chief Superintendent
  • Superintendent
  • Deputy Superintendent
  • Assistant Superintendent

Subordinate police officers

  • Chief Inspector
  • Sergeant
  • Corporal
  • Lance corporal
  • Constable

Ghana Police Service symbols

Ghana Police Service symbols for each rank
Ghana Police Service symbols are essential for official police identification and signify a specific position. Photo: @flatprofile
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For the Ghana Police Service, every rank has a different logo. These symbols are essential for official Ghana police identification and signify a specific position. Below are descriptions of the symbols peculiar to the Ghana Police ranks and their names in the department:

Inspector-General of Police

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What is the highest rank in the Ghana Police Service? This is the most senior rank in the force, and every other rank reports to whoever is in this position. The distinguishing symbols of this office are a star, two eagles touching wings, and a star encircled by two laurel leaves, all arranged vertically.

Deputy Inspector General

The DIG is next in rank to the IG. The symbols that differentiate this position from other ranks are two eagles opposite each other and touching wings above a star enclosed in laurel leaves.


The Commissioner of Police is in the third-highest position in the GPS. The symbols include two stars, and laurel leaves arranged vertically, encompassing another star.

Deputy Commissioner

The DCP is next in line to the CP, and the distinguishing symbols include a star on top of another star surrounded by laurel leaves.

Assistant Commissioner

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You can identify the ACP in the force with the singular symbol of a star encircled by two laurel leaves.

Chief Superintendent (CSP)

Chief Superintendent Officer in the GPS is easily identifiable by the symbol of a star atop two eagles on the opposite side of each other touching wings.

Superintendent (SP)

You can recognise an officer in this rank when you see only the symbol of two eagles on opposite sides of each other.

Deputy Superintendent

The DSP is a rank beneath the SP, and you will know an officer in this rank when you see the symbol of three stars on top of one another.

Assistant Superintendent

The ASP is a rank easily identifiable by the two stars arranged atop each other.

Chief Inspector

An officer in this position can be identified with the symbols of four black stars, each embedded in a rectangular box and arranged atop the other.

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An IPO ranks below the Chief IPO. The difference between their symbols is the absence of one star enclosed in a rectangle, which means that instead of four, there are three black stars in this rank.


A police officer in this position in the GPS is easily recognisable by the star symbol on top of the Ghana Police logo, which sits atop three V-shaped stripes.


The corporal's position comes immediately after the sergeant. It is easily distinguishable by the star symbol on top of the Ghana Police logo, which sits atop two V-shaped stripes instead of three.

Lance Corporal

This rank is just beneath the corporal, and the symbols that differentiate it from other ranks are a star, the Ghana Police logo, and a single V-shaped stripe arranged atop each other.

Members of the country's police force
Lance Corporal is a rank beneath the corporal. Photo: @GhPoliceService Lance Corporal
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The constable is the lowest rank in the Ghana Police system. This position is distinguishable by a single star sitting on the Ghana Police logo.

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Ghana Police Service recruitment in 2024

Ghana Police Service recruitment's latest news does not indicate when the recruitment forms for 2024 will be out. The police recruitment advertisements are usually published in the national dailies, particularly in the Daily Graphic and the Ghanaian Times. Ghanaian citizens can apply for various positions, including tradesmen, general duty recruits, and graduate professionals.

Interested persons must log in to the agency's official website and submit their request. Applicants must meet the following criteria for them to be eligible:

  • Applicants must be Ghanaian by birth.
  • Must be Ghanaian, over 18 years and less than 25 years.
  • The candidate must be physically and medically fit.
  • Height (173 centimetres or 5 feet 8 inches for males and 165 centimetres or 5 feet 4 inches for females).
  • Be knowledgeable in basic computer applications.
  • Educational qualification as advised by the Appointment and Promotion Advisory Board of the Ghana Police Service.
  • Applicant must have clean records from the Criminal Records Department.
  • Must meet the standards of Ghana police service medical examination.
  • Must be of good character.
  • Should own a valid phone number and an active email account.
  • They should enrol in basic police training and conform to other forms of training.

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How to apply for the Ghana Police Service

Interested candidates must fill out and submit the online application form. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do so.

  1. Visit their recruitment portal.
  2. Select the position for which you want to apply.
  3. Make an account on the recruitment website.
  4. Sign in to the portal.
  5. Fill in the blanks with your correct details.
  6. Upload academic and professional credentials and a guarantor form.
  7. Proofread your application thoroughly.
  8. Submit your application.

It is worth noting that you can only go through this process once the recruitment portal has been opened.

Ghana Police Service Training School

Ghana police officers walk majestically during a past event.
Ghana Police College was established in 1959 in Tesano, Accra. Photo: @GhPoliceService
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Ghana Police College was established in 1959 in Tesano, Accra. However, all senior officers were trained in the United Kingdom before its establishment.

The popular learning institution ensures that the trainees acquire the professional skills necessary to discharge their duties in full conformity. Below is the Ghana Police Service Training School address:

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  • College: National Police Academy and Training School
  • Address: Police Depot Tesano Accra
  • Location: Accra
  • Country: Ghana
  • Telephone number: +233 30 222 8744
  • Website:

Ghana Police Service headquarters

The GPS headquarters are in the capital city of Ghana, Accra. The head of the offices is the inspector general. Call 18555 (Vodafone/MTN Toll-free) or 191 (Toll-free for all mobile communication networks) during emergencies. Its contact addresses are:

  • P. O. Box: 116, Accra.
  • Ghana Police Service contact numbers: +233 302 773906, +233 302 787373
  • Email:

How much is the police salary in Ghana?

The salaries of police officers in Ghana vary depending on rank and experience. However, the estimated salary ranges between GH₵478 and GH₵3,354 per month.

What is the police called in Ghana?

The Ghana Police Service (GPS). The service falls under the Ghanaian Ministry of the Interior.

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What is the CID in Ghana?

CID, which stands for the Criminal Investigation Department, is the main investigative arm of the Ghana Police Service. It is tasked with handling all criminal matters in all 16 regions of Ghana.

Ghana Police Service seeks to strengthen international integrity and accountability in the country. The service stays true and focuses on its motto, service with integrity. It is also a crucial factor in Ghana's anti-corruption chain and one of the leading investigating and prosecuting agencies. recently shared an article about Ghana's current ministers. Ghana's constitution allows the president to appoint at least ten ministers to head various ministries.

In 2017, the Ghanaian electorate elected Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the country's fifth president. Most of Ghana's current ministers were appointed in 2017 when President Nana Akufo-Addo took office.


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