15-17 July 2019 - The Detective Training School of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Drug Law Enforcement Unit (DLEU) of the Ghana Police Service officially adopted the CRIMJUST Training Program on Ethics and Integrity, meaning a two-day module will be now incorporated in each of its training cycles, with a view of strengthening a climate of integrity within the institution.
The announcement was made during a CRIMJUST-led Training-of-Trainers workshop in Accra, Ghana, for sixteen (16) CID instructors, which will be responsible for teaching the "Training Program on Ethics and Integrity" to eight police training schools across the country. The workshop, inaugurated by a European Union Representative and the Director General of the CID, aimed to strengthen participants' capacity to deliver trainings on ethics and integrity by expanding their understanding of related principles and mechanisms, notably those characterizing the Ghanaian context. The workshop largely drew upon the UNODC-sponsored " Training Manual on Ethics and Integrity" on available institutional principles and procedures to reinforce institutional integrity, developed one year prior for the Ghana Police Service and customized to the local context during a series of workshops.
With 81 per cent of participants reporting to be very highly satisfied, with topics covered perceived as highly relevant for their line of work, the workshop marked a significant step towards deploying the Training Program on Integrity and Ethics at a national level. It was followed by a training cycle of the Detective Training School, launched on August 6, during which the UNODC delivered 150 copies of the students' manual as well as 10 copies of the trainers' manual.
Success and high level of interest in the program has since prompted the Police Command Staff College - the body training the most senior officers - to agree to include sessions on integrity in its course load, as well as provided the impetus for the UNODC the Police Professional standards Bureau (PPSV) of the Ghana Police Service to discuss possibilities for future cooperation.
This activity was implemented as part of CRIMJUST's component to strengthen institutional integrity. It was funded by the European Union under the framework of the "Cocaine Route Programme". CRIMJUST seeks to enhance law enforcement and judicial counter-narcotic strategies beyond interdiction activities and to foster transnational responses targeting each stage of the drug supply chain.
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- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Regional Office for West and Central Africa ( UNODC ROSEN)
Additional components of CRIMJUST are funded by