Here is a reminder of the Police ranks from the Constable to Inspector-General of Police (IGP), respectively.
The primary functions of the service are those stipulated in Section 1 of the Police Service Act, 1970 (Act 350). It states, among others, that: “It shall be the duties of the Police Service to prevent and detect crime, to apprehend offenders and to maintain public order and safety of persons and properties”.
Service to the Public
Apart from the normal Police duties, the Police render other important services to the public. Some of these are:
Before getting to know all the police ranks, let us also learn this important thing.
A policeman who is above the rank of an inspector has the audacity to seize a drivers’ licence accompanied by a receipt.
“It is not every policeman that can seize your licence. Every policeman can inspect your licence and give you 24 hours to produce it if you don’t have it. But when it comes to seizing the licence, it has to be a policeman who is not below the rank of an inspector,” Take note of the law in our believed motherland.
In cases where a low-ranking policeman seizes one’s licence, the individual is permitted to sue in court for the reversal of the licence and not fight the policeman.
The legal practitioner has entreated drivers to try as much as possible to be knowledgeable about the rules and regulations pertaining to road usage and driving to be able to defend their rights.
Meanwhile, Regulation 47 (1–5) of Road Traffic Regulation 2012 (L I 2180) requires all drivers to carry their original driver’s licence whilst driving any vehicle.
“A police officer in uniform shall request a person to produce the driver’s licence that authorises a driver to drive a vehicle for inspection. Where a person driving a vehicle is to produce a driver’s licence, that person shall produce it immediately or within 24 hours at the behest of the police.”
Therefore, drivers have the right to report the misconduct of an officer in uniform to the Police Intelligence and Professional Standards Bureau (PIPBS) of the Ghana Police Service. The report should include the officer’s number and rank on his or her uniform.