INTERPOL delivered a four day training workshop in Accra, Ghana from 26 to 29 September 2017 to approximately 40 participants from various law enforcement agencies and units, under the framework of CRIMJUST.
Participants included the Narcotics Control Board, Customs, Financial Intelligence Unit, Criminal Investigation Department, SEACOP, INTERPOL Accra and maritime police in Tema.
During the workshop, which opened in the presence of partners from Transparency International, various tools were presented, including most of INTERPOL forms, templates and reporting mechanisms for drug offences. Sessions included a presentation on trends regarding the current trafficking of cocaine and it impacts on Ghana; a highly detailed session on fingerprints, social media research and communication tools as well as a summary of CRIMJUST’s goals, purposes and source of funding. One of INTERPOL’s presentations focused on financial aspects of the drug trade, money laundering, cash couriers and corruption.
The workshop was participative and interactive, with considerable debates revolving around the national collection and sharing of drug trafficking information and intelligence. The input from the participants also included feedback from the Ghanaian delegates who attended the latest session of INTERCOPS which was held in Sao Paulo, courtesy of the Brazilian Federal Police. Discussions with the SEACOP team were most instructive and set the foundation for some joint initiatives in West Africa which will discussed in further detail later on in November.