France has funded a five-day training programme on drug surveillance and trailing for selected officers of the Drug Law Enforcement Unit (DLEU) of the Ghana police service held in Accra.
The programme is funded under the technical assistance project of the French government to support the fight against cocaine trafficking in West Africa.
Francois Pujolas, the French ambassador to Ghana who announced the programme held on the theme, “Partnering to combat drug trafficking and organised crime”, said the initiative which formed part of his country’s decision to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the area of security between the two countries would prepare officials of the DLEU for cross-border exercise to be held for Ghana-Togo anti-drug trafficking services.
Prosper Agblor, the director general of the CID of the Ghana police service stated at the ceremony that the complex and transnational nature of crimes such as drug trafficking and terrorism required collaborative efforts and commitments of stakeholders across the globe to address it.
He said: “Crimes such as terrorism, weapon, drug and human trafficking, counterfeit food and medicines require detectives with good investigative skills to effectively deal with them efficiently.”
The police chief said his outfit had a well developed series of programmes to ensure professional proficiency of detectives and welcomed the efforts by France.