Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Faustina Agyeiwaa Kodua Andoh-Kwofie, the first woman to head the high-profile Intelligence Department of the Ghana Police Service, has been appointed Director General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).
She takes over for COP (retired) Isaac Ken Yeboah, who announced his retirement today.
COP Isaac Ken Yeboah retired from active service on September 22, 2022, and was honored at a ceremony at the National Police Training School in Accra.
This came after he reached the mandatory retirement age of 60, having served 30 years, nine months, and 22 days in the police force.
The Inspector-General of Police, George Akuffo Dampare, former IGPs Patrick Acheampong and David Asante-Apeatu, former COPs and senior police officers were among those in attendance.
Globally, the issue of a lack of female representation at the highest levels of security services has become a hot topic, but Ghana achieved a major milestone in August 2021 when the then Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Faustina Agyeiwaa Kodua Andoh-Kwofie was appointed as the first woman to lead the Ghana Police Service’s high-profile Intelligence Department (GPS).
She has progressed from that position to assume command of the CID at her current rank of DCOP.
Who is ACP Andoh-Kwofie?
She was the Director in Charge of the Commercial Crime Unit under the CID at National Police Headquarters until her elevation to head the Intelligence Department last year.
Her previous position required her to lead and direct investigations into fraudulent transactions such as money laundering.
As a result, she enters her new role with critical firsthand experience in what has become a threat of financial crime that thrives in a globalised digital economy.
She has over 29 years of active policing experience, having risen through the ranks through hard work.
“She joined the service on October 1, 1992, and left on October 1, 1993 as a Constable,” she told The Mirror in an interview published last year.
She has held various command positions in the GPS and, in keeping with what is becoming a trend of excellence in Ghana’s policing leadership, she holds a professional qualification outside of her policing work. She has a law degree.
She belongs to the International Police Women Association.
She was a member of a task force that drafted a national action plan for the elimination of child labor in 2007 at Sogakope, and she was also a member of a committee set up by the then IGP Kwarteng Acheampong in 2007 to review the syllabi used by the Ghana Police College, and she was a member of the Police UN & UN Mission selection text team in 2007.
She has also served on the board of the Africa Centre for Counter-Terrorism since 2016.
Her desire to win academic honors is undeniably reflected in the various academic programs she has pursued and the positive impact these have had on her work performance.
She graduated from the Ghana Law School with a Bachelor of Laws (BL) and the University of Ghana with an LLB.
In 2013, she was admitted to the Bar.
MA in International Relations, MBA in Human Resource from the University of Ghana, MSc Criminology & Criminal
Justice-University of Portsmouth, UK, and a Bachelor of Education in Psychology from the University of Cape Coast are among her many academic accomplishments.
She has four academic research papers to her name. ACP Andoh-Kwofie attended St Monica’s Secondary School and Nsutaman Catholic Secondary School, where she was the Assistant Head Girl from 1990 to 1991 and the Girls Prefect from 1988 to 1989.
Currently, she is the Vice-President of the Nsutaman Old Students Association (NOSA).
She is from Kwamang in the Ashanti Region’s Sekyere Central District. She is a Presbyterian who has two sons.
She enjoys researching current trends in policing and crime prevention.
Cooking is her passion, and she enjoys singing when she is in a good mood.
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