A former Director General of the Ghana Police CID, COP David Asante Apeatu, has been named the new Inspector General of Police (IGP) by President Akufo-Addo.
COP Apeatu is currently the head of the General ICT Department of the police headquarters in Accra.
He replaces John Kudalor, who went to the Flagstaff House to bid farewell to the President as his tenure expires in February.
COP Apeatu was also the former Director General in charge of Research.
He also served as Director of the Specialised Crime and Analysis (SCA) Unit at the INTERPOL headquarters in Lyon France.
DCOP Asante-Apeatu is a Masters’ degree holder in Chemistry from the Kharkov State University in Russia and a trained Forensic Scientist in various disciplines such as Document Examination, Firearms and Ballistics, and Controlled Drug Analysis.
He is a Government of Ghana gazetted 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 a successful 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 had been 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.