Greetings from the RTC! We’ve been in full swing despite it being the rainy season here in Accra. The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) sponsored two courses on Advanced Narcotics Investigation and Equipment Training while the Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (DoS/INL) sponsored a course on Fisheries Enforcement and Prosecution.
Our Regional Training Center (RTC) in Accra, Ghana recently wrapped up a four day workshop focusing on the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPs). Established in 2000 as a collaborative effort by governments, multinational companies, and NGOs, the VPs provide guidance to local companies on tangible steps that they can take to minimize the risk of human rights abuses in communities near gold extraction sites. In 2016, Ghana became the first African country to become a participating member of the VPs initiative after it submitted a National Action Plan to monitor the activities of companies in the gold mining industry. Thus, the VPs course at the RTC was an ideal opportunity for the country to walk the walk.
CTP’s West Africa Regional Training Center (RTC) in Accra, Ghana is in full swing this month. Students and instructors have already completed courses on “Fundamental Investigative Criminal Analysis” (FICA) and “Financial Investigations.” The FICA course included participants from Ghana, Nigeria and Cote D’Ivoire. Our instructors kept the class active and engaged with country-led projects and discussions. The groups’ final presentations demonstrated an exceptional depth of knowledge and understanding of the course material. The Financial Investigations course included participants from Ghana, Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire and Senegal. Prosecutors from each of the represented countries shared valuable experiences on how to handle financial cases and investigations. See photos from these courses here.
Investigative criminal analysis is a valuable tool for identifying criminal associations and activities, generating investigative leads, and identifying patterns and trends in criminal activity. The Criminal Justice Group at CTP, led by Director Bill Kuhn, is working alongside the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) to deliver an upcoming course on Fundamental Investigative Criminal Analysis (FICA).
As part of our international outreach activities on behalf of the Department of State, CTP has been operating the West Africa Regional Training Center (RTC) in Accra, Ghana. With the guidance of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), the RTC is now offering “Employing Special Techniques in Transnational Organized Crime Investigations.”