This means that the IGP will retire in August 2019.
Asante-Apeatu will attain the mandatory retiring age of 60 years on August 15, 2017.
He was appointed to the position in an acting capacity in January when President Nana Akufo-Addo assumed office in 2017.
He was later confirmed as the substantive IGP after the formation of the Council of State.
Under former presidents John Evans Atta Mills and John Mahama, extending the contracts of retiring IGPs was the norm.
Paul Tawiah Quaye, Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan and John Kudalor all had two years’ contract extension.
Profile of the new IGP
COP Apeatu served as the Director of the Specialised Crime and Analysis (SCA) Unit at the INTERPOL headquarters in Lyon, France.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from the Kharkov State University in Russia and is a trained Forensic Scientist in various disciplines, such as Document Examination, Firearms and Ballistics, and Controlled Drug Analysis.
He is a Government of Ghana gazette Firearms Examiner and also a gazetted Controlled Drug Analyst.
Asante-Apeatu has performed various assignments in Ghana, as well as outside Ghana.
Internationally, he had worked at the Sarajevo Police Academy as an instructor in Human Dignity, Police Ethics and Criminal Investigations under the auspices of the United Nations Task Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina from 1997 to 1998.
He was the team leader in Homicide Investigation under the request of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNAMIL).
He was the team leader in investigations into the mass murder of more than 50 people, mostly West African nationals, in The Gambia.
In Ghana, he was the Lead Investigator in the serial killing of more than 30 women that led to the arrest of a culprit who was prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to death.
Under the supervision of Asante-Apeatu, and based on intelligence, the CID successfully conducted an operation that resulted in the seizure of 588 kilogrammes of cocaine with the street value of about $38 million.