President Nana Akufo-Addo on Wednesday named COP David Asante Appeatu as Acting Inspector General of Police, taking over from John Kudalor who proceeds on retirement.
Below is a profile of the new IGP.
COP Apeatu served as the Director of the Specialised Crime and Analysis (SCA) Unit at the INTERPOL headquarters in Lyon France.
He holds a Masters’ Degree in Chemistry from the Kharkov State University in Russia and is a trained Forensic Scientist in various disciplines, such as Document Examination, Firearms and Ballistics, and Controlled Drug Analysis.
He is a Government of Ghana gazette Firearms Examiner and also a gazetted Controlled Drug Analyst.
Mr Asante-Apeatu has performed various assignments in Ghana, as well as outside Ghana.
Internationally, he had worked at the Sarajevo Police Academy as an instructor in Human Dignity, Police Ethics and Criminal Investigations under the auspices of the United Nations Task Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina from 1997 to 1998.
He was the team leader in Homicide Investigation under the request of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNAMIL).
He was the team leader in investigations into the mass murder of more than 50 people, mostly West African nationals, in The Gambia.
In Ghana, he was the Lead Investigator in the serial killing of more than 30 women that led to the arrest of a culprit who was prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to death.
Under the supervision of Mr Asante-Apeatu, and based on intelligence, the CID successfully conducted an operation that resulted in the seizure of 588 kilogrammes of cocaine with the street value of about $38 million.