The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) on May 10, 2019 received cybercrime investigations equipment from the US Government and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) through the US Ambassador to Ghana.
The donation was made at the closing ceremony of a five-day Cyber Dark Web Investigations Training at the West African Regional Training Center (WARTC) in Accra.
Speaking at the ceremony, Her Excellency, Stephanie S. Sullivan said “Because we live in a digital age with countless electronic platforms on which our economies and access to information depend, we must remain vigilant against cyber threat. We cannot afford to be complacent. We must anticipate threats and challenges to effectively deter and defeat them. Ghana has recognised the importance of fighting cybercrime and the FBI sponsored training underscores the United State commitment to supporting Law Enforcement Agencies in Ghana and the sub Region”.
The Executive Director of EOCO, COP Frank Adu-Poku (Rtd) in response thanked the US Government and the FBI for the donation and promised the judicious use of the items by the Office.
The training which is the first of three separate five-day training programmes for the year, was organised by the Legal Attaché of the FBI in Ghana. Digital forensics examiners from Ghana, Nigeria, Togo and Burkina Faso were invited. Ghana’s participants were drawn from the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), the Ghana Police Service (GPS), the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the Financial Intelligence Center (FIC).
The Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah also received similar donation of cybercrime investigation equipment on behalf of the Ghana Police Service.