The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) has benefitted from a crime scene management training organised by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in collaboration with the Department of Forensic Science of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and funded by the Skills Development Fund.
The three weeks capacity training was held at the Police Detective Training Academy from 6th to 24th May, 2019 for sixty (60) participants. The participants were drawn from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) and the Military Police.
Addressing the closing ceremony, the Minister of Interior, Mr. Ambrose Dery noted government’s commitment in equipping the security services in the discharge of their duties. He indicated that the government has recently procured reagents for DNA test for forensic science laboratory for the Ghana Police Service. He added that these and more are aimed at re-tooling the security services.
Hon. Ambrose Dery was optimistic that the knowledge received would help the detectives exhibit professionalism when called on to manage a crime scene. He indicated that this training was in the right direction for security services to step up their effort. According to him, terrorism was on the ascendency thus security services should be prepared to help counter the menace.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. David Asante-Apeatu, in a speech read on his behalf by his deputy, Mr. James Oppong Boanuh said security is the bedrock of a country and must invest in it. He called on security agencies to act professionally at crime scenes in gathering evidence to help secure convictions in court. According to him, if investigations are done well by security agencies, it would increase public confidence in them and avoid instant justice on suspected criminals.
The Vice Chancellor of UCC, Professor Joseph Ghartey Ampiah said crimes have become sophisticated, organised and networked which has created a strong and urgent need to dedicate resources and initiative to prevent the new breed of sophisticated crimes.
Some of the topics treated at the training were introduction to crime scene investigations, photography, crime scene sketching, evidence collection, impression evidence, finger print processing, simulation and report writing.