DCOP Vance Baba Gariba


Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Vance Baba Gariba, born in Burma Camp to Military parents, is currently the Director of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Directorate of the Ghana Police Service. Mr. Gariba has served in different capacities within the Ghana Police Service for over 28 years. He was the first Head of the Cybercrime Unit of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), which he single-handedly established in 2007. DCOP Gariba has had a significant international career with the United Nations and the African Union Commission.

DCOP Gariba obtained a BSc. in Computer Science from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 1992. He proceeded to the University of Ghana, Legon, and in 2003 obtained a Master’s in Business Administration (MIS Option). He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. In the year 2013, Mr. Gariba was awarded an MSc. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, where he won the Best Dissertation Award. 

Among Key portfolios held by Mr. Gariba on both United Nations and African Union Missions are Special Assistant in the Office of the United Nations Police Commissioner, United Nations Training and Development Coordinator and the UN Senior Police Adviser/Commissioner for the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea Bissau (UNIOGBIS).  In October 2008, Mr. Gariba was among the “Start-Up” Team appointed by the African Union Commission to establish the African Union Mission for Somalia (AMISOM), where he served for two years and three months.

Mr. Gariba has also worked with the Police Division in New York in the strategic review of policies and guidance framework on policing, which occasioned the development of the Strategic Guidance Framework (SGF) for International Policing. He has also participated in lessons learned review exercises on Missions he has served with the United Nations. 

Mr. Gariba has delivered lectures and papers on internet fraud/scams from the West African perspectives and security sector reforms, including police reforms, at international seminars and symposia. Mr. Gariba is a resource person/facilitator at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC), Kenya Peacekeeping Training Center, and Peacekeeping Training Center in Nigeria.