CID Chief Hosts Foreign Cops

His Excellency Frederic Clavier addressing the senior police officers from the West African sub-region with COP Prosper Agblor.

The Director General in-charge of Criminal Investigations Department (CID), COP Prosper Kwame Agblor, has urged police officers in the West African sub-region to apply scientific procedures in their day-to-day investigations in criminal cases to achieve better results.

He revealed this at the opening ceremony of a three-day working visit of 15 senior police officers from the West African sub-region to the forensic science laboratory of the Ghana Police Service (GPS) in Accra.

The visit would also help participants acquaint themselves, first hand, with the laboratory facilities and what cooperation they could forge with their agencies in their respective countries.

Countries represented included Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Benin and Togo.

He said the visiting senior police officers would be with staff of the laboratory while understudying them.

‘Forensic science assists us as investigators to confirm or support our investigative theories, provide intelligence, provide corroborative evidence, answer questions on fact in connection with evidence, and most especially, offer us the ability to prove the guilt of an accused person or exonerate the innocent.’

COP Agblor disclosed that the GPS is privileged to have been supported by the European Union (EU) to upgrade their forensic science laboratory to a state-of-the-art facility.

‘We, therefore, thought it wise to invite our friends and colleagues from the West African region to come and share what we have,’ he said.

Adding his voice, the French Ambassador to Ghana, His Excellency Frederic Clavier, said this is the first international visit by senior police officers from the sub-region to the forensic science laboratory of the GPS.

He mentioned that ‘the laboratory is essential for the future of West Africa in the framework of the processing of organised crime and terrorism.’

By Linda Tenyah-Ayettey ([email protected])

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