A perspicacious policeman who rose from General Constable to Divisional Commander (ACP) in his 36 years career in the Ghana Police Service.
ACP Kwakye Ntiamoah (Rd.) popularly known as ‘Sandokan’ (born 15 April 1948) is a retired Ghanaian police officer who has served the nation in honesty and sincerity. He was born Kwabena Donkor in Abetifi in the Eastern region of Ghana by Ohemaa Akosua Animwaa to Mr. Isaac Newton Kwakye Ntiamoah.
“I am called Kwabena Donkor because of the tribal marks around my mouth,” he explained.
He is married to Mrs. Doris Kwakye Ntiamoah with eleven children. Out of the eleven children, three are in the police service.
He attended Adumasa Primary School (class one to class two) in a village called Daaku and went to Abetifi to continue at the Presbyterian primary A (class three to class six). According to ACP Kwakye Ntiamoah, he could not afford the Presbyterian boarding school and for that reason he had moved to stay with his father at Boyankan to further his education at Afuni L.A. middle mix school ( form one to form four) in Yaa Tenkoran.
“I used to walk from Boyankan to Yaa Tenkoran to attend school each day,” he said.
“I worked as ‘people teacher’ for a year after I completed form four,” he added.
According to him, he worked as an undergraduate teacher (1964 to 1965) after passing his common entrance exams and also attended Boaman Technical for a year but had to stop the school due to lack of fund. He later attended Akuamoa Boateng School of commerce (ACHESCO) in Abetifi (1968 to 1970).
BEGINNING OF HIS CAREER AS A POLICE OFFICER
“I moved to Accra to stay with my brother, a soldier who lived at Sheringa Barracks (Burma camp). I heard about the police recruitment whilst I was in Burma Camp and I applied,” he said.
When gijonlinenews.com inquired from him if being a police officer was his dream, he answered that opting for the police recruitment was not a hasty decision even though he had much interest in becoming a soldier.
“I wanted to be a soldier and my brother took my documents to the paymaster general and controller office. They were pleased with my results because I am good in accounting and so they asked me to wait for the army recruitment but it took a long time and that is why I opted for the police recruitment,” he explained.
ACP Kwakye Ntiamoah seems to believe in Winston S. Churchil’s words ‘a pessimist see the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty’. Even at the time when he applied for the police recruitment, he had taken the insurance examination and was waiting for the result but went on to the police enlistment.
“I did not get any response from the police after taking the examination so I went to the police headquarters to verify if I had qualified or not and thankfully I qualified and I went on to do my medicals,” he explained.
ACP Kwakye Ntiamoah had his police training at the Winneba Police Training Depot in 1971. According to him, Winneba was where they trained the police and the border guards and for that reason they were given both police and army training since the police were the once who were guarding the borders at the time.
He hinted that there were six squads at the training and he emerged first in their monthly examination in the third month but he was not defeated again and became the overall leader at the training center of which he had the chance to lead the parade.
Not only did he get the opportunity to lead the parade, but also had duty as the overall squad leader maintaining law and order.
“I am able to perform well when there is a lot of audience,” he hinted.
In June 1972, during their parade, he was awarded special police baton for best recruit, Winneba-depot.
“While I marched to receive my baton, I nearly dropped it and this would have been a disgrace to me and the entire police service, but I skillfully held the baton in a surprising manner that it became a new style which the press covered,” he said proudly.
CAREER AS A POLICE OFFICER
He began his career in Kumasi at the Suame Division as General Constable. Being the best recruit, he was then transferred to the police headquarters. His hardwork, creativity and intelligence exposed his accounting background earning him the opportunity to further his education at the Institute of Accountancy Training (Asylum down). He also attended the Ghana Police College (1990), Kumasi Polytechnic (1986-1987), Accra Polytechnic (1982-1984), and Takoradi Polytechnic (1977-1979). His appointments in the police service were: G/RECRUIT (1971), GC2 (1972), G/C1 (1977), G/CPL (1979), G/SGT (JANUARY 1989), C/INSP (MAY 1989), ASP (1990), DSP (1994), SUPT (1999), C/SUPT (2003) and ACP (2007).
In 1998 to 1999, he went to Bosnia Hezegovina on UN peacekeeping mission and was the team leader at the time. He again went to Dafur (Sudan) from 2006 to 2007 on AU Mission and was the Commander, Sector 5. He was also appointed as Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) while he was in Sudan.
HIS LEGACY IN THE POLICE SERVICE
ACP Kwakye Ntiamoah (Rd.) is the man who introduced Mechanization in the Ghana Police Service in 1994. He also earned the pet name ‘computer man’ when he was sent to study information technology at Opeibea House of which he was able to change the payment system of the police service from manual to mechanization. He is also remembered in the police service for his hard work and the seriousness he attached to his work.
HIS BEST MOMENT IN LIFE
According to ACP Kwakye –Ntiamoah (Rd.), his best moment in life was being able to leave a good legacy in the Ghana Police Service.
The then regional commander, Mr. Kublenu, praised him for the seriousness he attach to his work.
Moreover, what inspires him is his good attitude toward work and believes that, to be successful in life, one needed to work with sincerity and honesty.
On the other hand, ACP Kwakye-Ntiamoah (Rd.) seems not to have regrets in life, because to him, every obstacle is a blessing in disguise.
VIEW ON THE POLICE SERVICE; NOW AND BEFORE
He commended the police service now compared to his time in service. In his view, “the police today are working to expectation considering the growth of the population.”
He explained that, an increase in population determines crime rates.
According to him, there has been lapses in the process of recruitment, and for that reason advised that “the in-service training and capacity building should be introduced in the police service again.”
“The superiors should be vigilante and monitor their subordinates well,” he urged.
Story by: Aseiduwaa Darling