The annual IACP 40 Under 40 award recognizes 40 law enforcement professionals under the age of
40 from around the world who demonstrate leadership,exemplify commitment to
their profession, and have a positive impact on their communities.
The dedicated professionals chosen as the 2020 40 Under 40 awardees are the rising leaders in policing. They excel daily as they serve their agencies and communities, whether they are line officers or chiefs. This
year’s cadre includes both sworn and civilian employees, including dispatchers, special agents, captains,lieutenants, section and department leads, inspectors,
deputy chiefs, and others. Hailing from five continents, they represent local, state and provincial, national, and military law enforcement and police agencies across
These extraordinary individuals are motivated to lead their agencies into the future, and they encourage their colleagues to grow professionally and personally, striving daily to provide best-of-class services that lead to a safer, more inclusive, and more peaceful world. Regardless of role, rank, or agency, these professionals have dedicated their efforts to raising
the bar for policing, and they are role models for those they work with, as well as for the community members they serve.
The 2020 40 Under 40 awardees each bring their own skills, talents, and perspectives to the policing profession, but they all share important qualities—the spirit
of collaboration, the understanding of servant leadership, the drive to help others, innovation and creativity,
leadership, and the desire to make a difference.
Each winner was chosen for his or her demonstration of strong values and commitment to the policing field. The winners began a career in law enforcement
to protect people, especially those who cannot protect themselves. They emit positivity, genuine concern, and compassion, despite the challenging
circumstances that all law enforcement personnel face. They lead by example by providing training and mentorship for others, modeling excellence, developing
more effective methodologies for their departments,and taking advantage of every opportunity to build up those around them.
The awardees have capitalized on their successes to improve their communities through community service, philanthropic programs, outreach and education. They go beyond their roles in the law enforcement field to improve their communities in an
effort to make the world a better place for their loved ones, the public, and future generations.
Background about Profession
INSPECTOR EBENEZER GODWYLL-ADDISON
joined the Ghana Police Service in December 2003 and has since showcased his dynamic attitude, sincerity, and desire for the growth of the law enforcement and security intelligence profession. During his time as a criminal investigator in the Drug Law Enforcement Unit; Counter Terrorism Unit; and currently, the Police Intelligence
Directorate, he has demonstrated an analytical mindset and advanced problem-solving skills. His choice to enter the profession was driven by a realization that he could contribute to humanity by ensuring that the rule of law and order is upheld.
In November 2015, he became part of the Counter Terrorism Unit of the Ghana Police Service. In this role, Detective Inspector Godwyll-Addison participated in a peace
mission to Bunkprugu, a town in the North East Region of Ghana that had undergone nine years of chieftaincy conflict, resulting in deaths and
significant destruction of
property. Inspector Godwyll Addison demonstrated
impressive crisis negotiation
skills, suggesting the adoption of a community engagement strategy that was
earlier developed as part of the Counter Terrorism Unit’s standard operating
procedure. With this solution in mind, the unit began a dialogue with the Bunkprugu community and succeeded in bringing the feuding parties together and establishing a
roadmap for lasting peace within the area.
Detective Inspector Godwyll-Addison has also undertaken community interaction activities in the local churches and
schools, educating them on counterterrorism measures
and protecting soft targets. He does so to create community safety and peace for every law-abiding citizen.