Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan has been confirmed as the substantive IGP, myjoyonline.com has gathered.
Mr Ahmed Alhassan has been in an acting position since February 5 this year when the then Inspector General of Police Paul Tawiah Quaye was asked to commence his compulsory 90-day terminal leave.
Mr Alhassan has garnered a wealth of experience in the service and has risen through the ranks to his new position.
Mr Alhassan, whose career with the UN started in 1989, has held many positions in the UN.
In 1999, he joined the UN in New York as a civilian police officer and became the adviser to the UN Secretary General on police issues.
He was also the UN Police Commissioner for Liberia and Sierra Leone before he returned to Ghana in 2002 to assume Command Operations of the Southern Sector.
He was the Tema and Western Region Police Commander prior to his appointment as Deputy IGP.
Biography of the New IGP, Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan
Mohammed Alhassan, Civilian Police Commissioner, hspace=5 Born in Accra, Ghana on 21 January 1954,Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan did his early schooling at St. Martins Secondary School and T.I Ahamadiyya Secondary School.Later he did his graduation from the University of Ghana, Legon, in1979 and then obtained his Masters in Police Administration and Criminology from the University College of Cardiff, United Kingdom, in 1984.
Starting his professional career as a High School teacher in 1974, he later joined the Ghana Police Training School as an Instructor in 1979.Later he served as Special Assistant to the Regional Minister (Security Affairs) from 1982-1983.The teacher policeman was also a part-time lecturer (Police Administration) at the University of Ghana from 1987-1989 after which he was Visiting Lecturer at the Armed Forces Staff College, Accra from 1998-1999.
Mr. Alhassan held various Command Positions in the Ghana Police Service, starting as an Assistant Staff Officer to Inspector-General of Police from 1981-1982 which was followed by a stint as Staff Instructor at Ghana Police College from 1984 to 1985. In 1985 he became the District Commander of Police, Tesano, followed by two more postings as District Commander of Police Adabraka and Suame. By 1991 he was Divisional Commander of Police Nkawkaw and then Hohoe. By 1994 he had risen to become Regional Commander of Police,Tema.
His career with the United Nations started in 1989 as Station Commander, UNCIVPOL/Khorixas, Namibia(UNTAG).The same year he became District Commander, UNCIVPOL/Otwijarango, Namibia(UNTAG).In 1997 he joined UNMIBH as PoliceMonitor, IPTF, and then became IPTF Weapons Inspector at Siroki Brijeg/Mostar. In 1999 he joined the UN headquarters in New York as a Civilian Police Officer. He was the Deputy Commissioner of Civpol at UNMIL from 2003 until March 2005 when he was promoted as the Civilian Police Commissioner. Alhassan specialises in community policing and has also written on the subject.He is married and has three children.
Monrovia, Liberia – The Commissioner of the United Nations Police in Liberia, Mr. Mohammed Alhassan has decorated 120 Jordanian Formed Police Unit (FPU) officers serving with the United Nations Mission in Liberia with UN medals, praising them for playing a significant role in the peace building process in Liberia.Mr. Alhassan also lauded the Jordanian police officers for upholding the core values of the UN Police.
“These officers have been good ambassadors of their country and worthy officers of the UN Police,” he pointed out, adding that “wherever they are deployed, they have served with compassion, respect, integrity and excellence.”The UN Police Commissioner commended the respect of the Jordanian peacekeepers for cultural diversity in a multicultural environment.
Mr. Alhassan noted that since their arrival in Liberia in November 2003, the Jordanian Formed Police Unit have been contributing to the capacity and institutional development of the Liberia National Police by monitoring, mentoring and training the Liberian police, as well as supporting crime prevention and disorder control.He urged the Jordanian peacekeepers to continue to discharge their duties to the best of their ability.He told them to “always endeavour to go the extra mile in our collective efforts to build the peace in Liberia,” and reminded them “to refrain from any conduct that is capable of bringing the UN Police and UNMIL to disrepute.”
The Jordanian FPU Commander Major Ibraheem Bani Yaseen expressed his country’s commitment to the peace and stability of Liberia.”In Jordan, we believe in and work for peace; we are here today, hand-in-hand with other contingents to help our Liberian friends to live in peace”, he said.
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ghanareview.com, 14 April 2005 Accra (Greater Accra) 14 April 2005 – A Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan has been appointed the Police Commissioner for the United Nations (UN) Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
A statement issued in Accra by the Police Public Relations Directorate said Busumuru Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General made appointment on 21 March.It said the duty of DCP Alhassan, who until his appointment was the Deputy Police Commissioner for UNMIL, would include the restructuring and reforming the Liberian Police Force, National Security Agency, Bureau of National Investigations, Special Security Services (Presidential Guards) and Bureau of Naturalization and Immigration.
Alhassan, whose career with the UN started in 1989, has held many positions in the UN.In 1999, he joined the UN in New York as a civilian Police Officer and returned to Ghana in 2002 to assume Command Operations of the Southern Sector.