A training exercise on capacity building in fighting organised and economic crimes for selected officials from the Ghana Police Service, Narcotic Control Board (NACOB), Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) and the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) is underway in Accra.
The one-week exercise is being funded by the German government through the German Federal Criminal Police Office and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ghana.
Organised crime pertains to a group of individuals who are involved in any type of criminal activity. Anonymous syndicates can be based in one region, span an entire country, or can even be dispersed around the globe.
Such groups have a hierarchical structure that collaborate with another, particularly in exploits such as drug trafficking, selling or smuggling of firearms, racketeering, money laundering, sale of counterfeit goods and extortion.
Through such partnerships, organised crime groups have become increasingly complex and can generate billions of dollars illegally.
In 2009, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), estimated that “transnational organised crime generates $870 billion a year, which is close to around seven per cent of the world’s merchandise exports.”
At the opening of the training programme in Accra yesterday, the Deputy Director General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Mr Francis Aboagye-Nyarko, said the programme was aimed at sharpening and equipping the participants with the needed skills to enable them process and analyse intelligence in order to increase their capacity to fight organised and economic crimes.
“You must count it a privilege to have the opportunity to acquire this new knowledge. The surest way to remain relevant on the work you are going to do is to apply these new skills and competencies you are about to gain,” he said.
He asked the participants to share the knowledge they would gain from the training with their colleagues.
For his part, the Police Liaison Officer at the German Embassy, Mr Dietmar Effurt, urged the participants to network among themselves to enable them to win the fight against organised and economic crime.
He said with the necessary cooperation and collaboration among the various agencies, they would be able to achieve results.
A technical trainer from the German Federal Criminal Police Office, Mr Gren Midand, urged them to put what they would learn into practice.