UNODC launches an Investigations Handbook for Drug Law Enforcement in Ghana

     This activity was financed by the United States

To help strengthen the capacity of law enforcement agencies in Ghana in their fight against drug trafficking and related organized crime, UNODC developed an Investigations Handbook, which was officially launched on 8 February 2018 in Accra, Ghana. Funded by the United States Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (US-INL), the handbook serves as a reference guide for Drug Law Enforcement Units (DLEU) in Ghana to efficiently investigate and prosecute drug trafficking offenses, which continue to threaten the security, rule of law and development of the country.

The handbook was launched by Mrs. Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, Director General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, together with representatives from UNODC, the US Embassy, Ghana law enforcement agencies and experts.

"This best-practice handbook is a result of a wide consultative process among Ghanaian law enforcement agencies, the Attorney General Department, and relevant stakeholders sharing the common goal to work together to enhance investigation capacity in Ghana," said the UNODC representative at the launch.

Handbook presentation

The aim is to help improve the rate of successful drug trafficking prosecutions in Ghana. The handbook covers the following topics: intelligence management, investigation processes, preparation of exhibits for forensic examination, file preparation, preparation of docket for advice and prosecution, and property and financial investigation.

This initiative is part of the Technical Assistance Project to Ghanaian Authorities to Counter Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime, which was launched in 2016 in collaboration with UNODC and the Government of Ghana with funding from US-INL.

Implemented by UNODC, the project seeks to support Ghana's national efforts on counternarcotics through the provision of basic and advanced training to DLEU officers of the CID as well as through the establishment of regional DLEUs to effectively address the challenges posed by drug trafficking and organized crime in Ghana.

For more information:

The Regional Programme for West Africa (2016-2020)

UNODC and drug trafficking