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First Woman To Join Ghana Police Service Passes Away

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The first woman to be enlisted into the Ghana Police Service has died.

Rosamond Asiamah Nkansah joined the Service at a time it was known as the Gold Coast Police Force.

A native of Obo in the Kwahu area of the Eastern region, she was born on January 13, 1930 and died on February 22, 2021.

The late Madam Nkansah attended the Wesley Girls High School in Cape Coast.

She was a Senior Cambridge and Teacher’s Certificate ‘A’ holder.

At the age of 22 on September 1, 1952, she was enlisted into the Gold Coast Police Force.

She was enlisted first together with 11 other women as female Police Officers were not allowed to marry or get pregnant.

After serving for five years and nine months, Madam Nkansah decided to marry so she resigned, but thinking that women were not being fairly treated as their male counterparts who were allowed to marry and bear children, she decided to do something about it before leaving office.

Before her resignation on May 16, 1958, Madam Nkansah petitioned the Police Administration and the clause was removed; thus allowing women in the service to marry and bear children and causing those who had resigned to start their families to be reinstated.

After her resignation, she taught at St. John’s Grammar School from 1961 to 1964 as a professional teacher because of the certification she had before being enlisted in the Gold Coast Police Service.

She joined Ghana Broadcasting Corporation in 1965, heading the School Broadcasting Programmes for a year.

She retired from active service in 1999 to primarily focus on writing books.

She also translated words in her book titled: Octagon into foreign and local languages.

By Melvin Tarlue

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