Training course in surveillance and tailing techniques for the Ghana Police Service CID/DLEU
On Monday, June 13, 2016, the director of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Mr. Prosper AGBLOR and the Ambassador of France to Ghana, HE François Pujolas, inaugurated, at the CID Headquarter, a weeklong training course in surveillance and tailing techniques.
The training will be taught by two French experts especially for the Drug Law Enforcement Unit (DLEU) of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) as part of bilateral cooperation between France and Ghana.
The weeklong training is funded through a programme to support for the fight against cocaine trafficking in West Africa, FSP ALCAO, and will benefit to 15 DLEU police agents. The two French experts, specialized agents from anti-drug units, will recreate technical and practical exercises in order to familiarize the DLEU officers with geolocation systems and tracking tags.
In his speech, the French Ambassador underlined the importance of concrete steps forward, as this training session on surveillance and trailing techniques shows. He also stressed that fighting drug trafficking was, like any other security challenge, a matter best addressed at the global and regional levels. In this context he saw an opportunity for further integration among West African countries in the actions to improve drug law enforcement.
During the ceremony and to strengthen the investigative capacity of the CID / DLEU, some equipment was donated for a total amount of GHc 138,000. These materials and equipment were purchased on FSP ALCAO funds but also through the MILDECA (Interministerial Mission for the Fight against Drugs and Addictive Behaviors) fund.
About the project
The project FSP ALCAO is currently entering its final year, and this training has to prepare the DLEU forces for a cross-border exercise that will be held in the near future within a French project of the MILDECA combining the Ghanaian and Togolese anti-drug services in a simulation of trafficking between the two countries.
The FSP ALCAO is a project of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, set up in 2012 and covering several West African countries (Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal, Togo, and Nigeria) with Ghana committing itself in 2014. Since then, several bilateral programmes and trainings took place, including visits to France for directors of anti-drug specialised services (NACOB and CID / DLEU), a visit of the technical and scientific police laboratory in Accra organised for neighboring countries’ police forces, and general trainings in intelligence, monitoring and collection techniques were provided.