Days of typing caution statements of suspects at the Police Stations will be over soon as the police service is going digitization.
The world has changed significantly over the years with the emergence of Internet, Mobile Phones, Computers, Google, GPS, e-Commerce, Mobile money among others that have necessitated the need to use technology to solve crime since crime has become more sophisticated than ever, hence requiring new types of Crime Officers to respond to new challenges
Acting Director General of Criminal Investigative Department (CID), DCOP Mrs. Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Dankwah made this known during a workshop on effective investigations techniques for 175 crime officers assembled from various parts of the country.
“It is for this reason the Police Administration as part of the Transformation Agenda is set to commence e-policing pilot in 26 Police Stations within Accra and Tema, this means that we shall be using electronic means to take complaints, writing statements, verifying fingerprints, and all entries in CID forms shall be digital beginning with the 26 pilot Police stations in Accra and Tema, and the CID Headquarters,” DCOP Addo-Dankwah said.
She added that there is a steady movement toward a complete digitization of the Criminal Investigations in the country and that means that when the programme if finally roll out, from the headquarters, the IGP, DG\CID can access any complaint or docket, how the case is been investigated and can also give directives on dockets using electronic means.
Mrs. Addo Dankwah revealed that training has already been conducted for personnel from the 26 police stations and the CID Headquarters earmarked for the pilot. There is therefore the need for the Crime Officers to brace-up to meet the challenges that comes with the introduction of technology in Criminal Investigations as the pilots would be rolled out across the country.
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She further said “This workshop is not only the first of its kind in the year 2017, but also the first phase of series of workshops, seminars and training programmes outlined to ensure that crime officers are equipped with relevant skills and competencies in modern investigative techniques to enable them to perform their investigative functions in line with the vision of the Ghana Police Service which is to become a world Class Police.”
The workshop is also designed to equip participants with modern best practices in crime investigations to better place them ahead of any challenges. The decision to organize this workshop therefore, was conceive following a recent assessment of the performance of investigations of crime.