Do away with armchair investigations

Agblor tells CID Personnel

From Issah Alhassan, Kumasi

Personnel of the CID at the programme (left), Acting Director General of CID, DCOP Prosper Agblor, addressing personnel of the service (right)

PERSONNEL OF the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service have been urged to adopt more innovative and modern approaches to investigating issues, in order to deal with contemporary methods in crime control.

The acting Director General of the CID, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Mr. Prosper Agblor, who gave the advice during an interaction with officers of the department in Kumasi, emphasised that robbers and criminal elements in society had adopted sophisticated means of embarking on their activities, which require that personnel should learn modern methods of crime detection.

According to him, the era of armchair investigations should be over, stressing that investigators should be up and doing, if the police want to stay on top of criminal activities in the country.
The acting Director General of CID is in the region for a four familiarisation visit to interact with personnel on effective ways of enhancing the operations of detectives, particularly, on crime scene management.

DCOP Agblor noted that in order to achieve the set goals and objectives of reducing crime to its barest minimum, and create the enabling environment for the socio-economic development of the country, the personnel must dedicate themselves to the profession, exhibit professionalism in the course of investigations, and also remain fair and firm in their operations.

He deplored the way crime scenes were managed by some personnel of the department, stressing that vital pieces of evidence are often eliminated, as a result of poor management of crime scenes, which have often led to the loss of cases in court.

“It is against this backdrop that I have taken the trouble to be here to discuss these and amongst other issues with you, and together, find lasting solutions to them,” he noted.

DCOP Agblor further asserted that the police operate in a democratic environment which places much responsibility on personnel to respect the rights of suspects, and be civil to members of the public, cautioning that any personnel, who failed exhibit discipline and good manners, would be dealt with drastically.

The Ashanti Regional Commander, DCOP Patrick Timbillah, stressed the need for teamwork and harmony amongst investigators and prosecutors, to ensure effective and due diligence on cases are done before prosecution.

He further touched on the need for prevention policing, which he said, was more efficient in combating crime, than reactive crime control, and therefore, appealed to the personnel to constantly be on the guard against any form of criminal activities in the region.

While commending the personnel in the region for their effective duties, which had led to the reduction of criminal activities, DCOP Timbillah warned that the police would not rest on their oars, but continue to work hard to improve upon their performances.

The Regional Police boss called for continued public support, which he said, has been vital in the operations of the service.

The Regional Crime Officer, Supt. J.E Owusu, enumerated some challenges facing the department, including lack of adequate logistics such as vehicles to move personnel around, lack of imprest and informant allowances, and appealed to the Acting Director General to assist in that direction.

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