21 November - CRIMJUST provides drugs and currency detection specialized dogs training in Ghana, a joint initiative with the Spanish National Police Corps (CNP) funded by EU 'Cocaine Route Programme' (CRP)
As part of its technical assistance to Ghana to counter drug trafficking in the country, UNODC CRIMJUST in collaboration with the Spanish National Police Corps created synergies to provide the training for a canine unit in support of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) and other Ghanaian institutions belonging to internal security architecture.
The highly specialized training for dogs and dog handlers on drugs and currency detection was organized from 21 November to 2 December at the National Dog Training Academy in Accra, Ghana. Hence, two experts from the CNP delivered the training to 46 participants from several Ghana's law enforcement agencies, particularly to officers from NACOB, immigration and customs.
This training seeks to strengthen the country's drug interdiction capacity and acquire a crucial detection tool. The trained personnel and dogs will be deployed to support operations in high risk areas particularly in the airports, at the Presidency, in hotels, and seaports. The trained police dogs will contribute to enhance the detection of the illicit flow of drugs and currency into Ghana and onward transit to other countries. Moreover, the activity's implementation fosters the work from the EU 'Cocaine Route Programme' Projects, AIRCOP and SEACOP.
This initiative received support from the Ministry of Interior of Ghana and the Head of the European Delegation in Ghana that commended the initiative during the opening of the training course. Additionally, the Spanish Ambassador in Ghana, facilitated the deployment of Spanish experts to deliver the training course.
To ensure sustainability of CRIMJUST technical assistance activities, two consequent follow-up sessions will be held in the upcoming months.
Under the framework of the CRIMJUST project funded by EU Cocaine Route Programme, UNODC and its partners (INTERPOL and TI) aim to assist Member States to enhance their capacity and integrity of criminal justice institutions to detect, investigate, prosecute and adjudicate illicit cocaine trafficking cases, and to foster cooperation at the interregional level for effective action to tackle drug trafficking and related organized crime.
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