1-2 November 2016, UNODC organized a training course on Electronic Evidence & Cybercrime designed to tackle drug trafficking and related organized crime.
An introductory training course on Electronic Evidence & Cybercrime was held in Accra, Ghana on 01 and 02 November 2016. The course was a joint initiative under the framework of the CRIMJUST Project and Global Programme on Cybercrime. 43 participants from Ghanaian and Nigerian law enforcement agencies attended this event. The training course aimed at providing the technical skills regarding crime scene management and digital evidence gathering to ensure professionalized approaches to tackle drug trafficking and cocaine trafficking in particular.
As some of the participants perform their duties at the main entry points of Ghana, notably at airports and seaports, this training also enhanced previous events organized by two other EU Cocaine Route Programme projects, specifically AIRCOP and SEACOP.
Opening remarks were made by Executive Director of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) Mr. Yaw Akrasi Sarpong. Whilst welcoming the support provided by UNODC, Mr. Akrasi Sarpong mentioned that law enforcement institutions need to be able to develop alongisde technical evolution in order to collect digital evidence for organized crime investigations.
A female police officer participant, mentioned the importance of the knowledge obtained during the training and specially the practical approach used during the training that provided additional tools for supporting investigations.
Given that West Africa has been identified as one of the main transit areas for drug trafficking, Ghana and Nigeria, are committed to actively contribute to the fight against the challenges posed by transnational organized crime. CRIMJUST training and activities aim at bridging gaps and resources in criminal justice institutions, as well as promoting regional and interregional cooperation. In the margins of this event, Nigeria and Ghana coordinated future actions to tackle drug trafficking.
Under the framework of the CRIMJUST project, 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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