First Female Director General of the Criminal Investigations Department in Ghana, Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo- Danquah has opened on how she became the first female CID boss.
According to her, she was once a bread seller on the streets and she saw that the police were recruiting new members in a newspaper she wrapped bread with for someone and that was her breakthrough.
” Those days that I was selling, one of the newspapers I was wrapping bread for someone I saw the police advert that they were recruiting as I was wrapping the bread. So I kept that paper and applied”. She said
She disclosed that she had the love for police and shared her experience of how she walked from Achimota to Tesano to join a long queue to submit her form and go through vetting.
The CID boss hinted that when it got to her turn she got sacked because of her height and was told that she couldn’t meet the police standards but didn’t go away from the police premises after the disappointment. while waiting for her second chance, she met Mrs. Jane Christine Donkor the first female Commissioner of Ghana Police Service and asked her to hand over her particulars and gave her the opportunity.
” The enlistment day I took a car from konongo to Accra where I walked from St Johns to Tesano which was my second time coming to Accra. I came with my O’ level to the place while in a queue, it got to my turn and I was sacked again because my measurement was not up to 5’4″.
” When they asked me to leave I didn’t because I was disappointed. The Chairman of the Committee doing the enlistment who became the first female Commissiner of Ghana Police Service, Mrs. Jane Christine Donkor called me and I will never forget her. She gave me the opportunity. She had observed thatIi was still at the premises after they asked me to go. She asked why I was still there because she remember I was not up to 5’4 so I should go and I told her that please Madam, I really want to be a police woman”.
Adding that she asked for her results slip and later told her team members to allow her to write the exam. And that was her breakthrough from a common bread seller to the first lady CID boss.