General News of Mon, 12 Feb 201813
Only 30% of police investigators in Ghana have been trained – CID Boss
Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah has disclosed that only 30 percent of police investigators nationwide have undergone proper training.
She observed that, “We have only 30% of investigators nationwide who have actually being trained and that means one investigator may be made to man a whole district.”
Citing the recent attack on the Kwabenya Police Station by armed robbers which resulted in death of a police officer, the CID Boss revealed that investigators handling the case were not properly trained.
According to her, the planning of the Kwabenya cell break was discussed among the inmates prior to the incident but none of the police officers at the station picked up that information.
She said it is worrying to know that the investigators did not have the pictures of the suspects which is a primary thing an investigator needs in carrying out his or her duties.
“The first thing in investigation is to profile the suspects yet the investigators in the Kwabenya case failed to do that. I realized that investigators in the Kwabenya case had not been trained even though they had been doing investigations but do you blame them?” she quizzed.
To address the aforementioned issue, she said, the Ghana Police Service intends to build the capacity of investigators by organizing courses and also train more investigators in modern trends of cyber fraud and crimes this year.
She urged the Police Service to adopt proactive policing in order to restore the confidence of Ghanaians.
“Already Ghanaians have lost or losing confidence in us and so we cannot continue to do things the same way as was done yester years,” she stressed.
DCOP Addo-Danquah was addressing participants of the 2018 Detective Training course in Accra on Monday.
About 77 officers drawn from all ten regions in Ghana, three officers from the military police and two officers from the Immigration Service will take part in the six-week Detective Training course.