As part of the transformational agenda of the Ghana Police Service to improve upon the delivery of policing services to the public, it has decentralised criminal clearance services in the country as a first step towards a full automation process.
A statement issued in Accra yesterday by the police administration said effective Monday, May 22, 2003, persons seeking criminal clearance can do so in any of the 25 police regions across the country.
Currently, all criminal background checks are conducted exclusively at the CID Headquarters, Accra, and individuals and organisations which require this service have to travel all the way to Accra just for this purpose.
In order to ease this burden, the criminal clearance service has been decentralized to all the 25 Police Regions across the country, and the service can now be assessed from these locations without the need to come to Accra.
Ahafo-Goaso, Ashanti-Kumasi, Ashanti South -Bekwai, Ashanti North-Mampong, Bono-Sunyani, Bono East-Techiman, Tema, Central-Cape Coast, Central East-Kasoa, Central North-Assin Fosu, Eastern-Koforidua, Eastern South-Kibi, Eastern North-Mpraeso, Northern-Tamale, North-East-Nalerigu, Oti-Dambai, Savanah-Damango, Upper East-Bolga, Upper West-Wa, Volta-Ho, Volta North-Hohoe, Western-Takoradi, Western Central-Tarkwa and Western North-Sewi Wiawso.
The second phase of the automation process will entail an online application process. The decentralisation of the criminal clearance process is expected to make the service more accessible and convenient for individuals across the country, thereby bringing another policing service closer to the doorstep of the public.
We continue to urge the public to support us in our effort to become the best institution in the country and a reference point for Africa and beyond.