We have had a flurry of activity in Accra, Ghana with the Regional Training Center (RTC) relocating to a large, new facility supported by several additional staff experts. The move reflects the success of the RTC in advancing the regional goal of dismantling transnational organized criminal networks and strengthening criminal justice capacity in West Africa. Working on behalf of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), CTP will continue to support U.S. government international security initiatives by developing and delivering specialized training to Ghanaian and delegates from neighboring West African countries.
Just as the summer heat cools, so too have activities at the West Africa Regional Training Center (WARTC) after a busy summer schedule. Since its inception in 2012, approximately 3,399 Law Enforcement professionals have passed through the halls of the WARTC. An important pillar of the West Africa Cooperative Security Initiative (WACSI) is to facilitate lasting relationships to buttress the future impact of our programming. For this reason, CTP actively invests in employing Alumni Coordinators to foster connections formed while at the center. One of the outreach tools to facilitate collaboration and information sharing among participants is the Alumni portal found on the WARTC website. Over the past several years, WARTC staff has engaged alumni through daily emails and via a monthly newsletter featured on the West Africa Regional Training Center website (www.westafricartc.org), which has paid great dividends for the program. We are elated to hear stories of cross border collaboration leading to successful investigations and the resolution of cases, as a result of connections made while at the WARTC. We would like to highlight the invaluable contributions of one WARTC staffer, Ms. Sarah Dadson who recently departed to pursue a master’s degree at New York University. Sarah kept alumni activities up and running during a staffing gap and her contributions were key in helping to double the staff handling alumni coordination activities. We wish her the very best in her future endeavors and hope our paths may cross again.