30 Officers of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) last Thursday graduated from the Detective Training Academy (DTA) as prosecutors.
The Officers, who underwent a 6-week training in immigration laws and practices and other areas of law are expected to boost prosecution for immigration-related offenses through the newly created Prosecution Unit of the Service.
In a speech read on behalf of the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Mr. Kwame Asuah Takyi, by the Deputy Comptroller-General, Finance and Administration, Mr. Isaac Owusu Mensah, the CGI said the training formed part of the strategy of expanding the legal department of the Service to all 19 operational regions of the Service.
This, the CGI said, will solve jurisdiction problems and human rights issues that befall current practices in immigration prosecution.
The CGI said that the new prosecutors will be posted across the regions for swifter prosecution of offenders in the bid to discourage immigration crimes and improve national security.
The CGI thanked the Ghana Police Service for their continuous collaboration with the Service, earlier in helping prosecute some Immigration offenses, and now in training prosecutors for the Service.
“We share common interests in ensuring internal security for all persons resident in Ghana”, the Immigration boss said.
The CGI also appreciated the Denmark Embassy for their support through the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and Strengthening Border and Migration Management in Ghana (SMMIG) for the training course.
On his part, the Danish Ambassador, H.E Tom Norring congratulated graduands for their hard work over the 6-weeks training period. He noted that migration is very beneficial for individuals and nations if it is well-regulated.
Conversely, H.E Tom Norring said migration poses high risk to individuals, receiving nations and sending nations if it is not legal and regulated; the reason his government proudly supported the initiative.
The Danish Ambassador reiterated his outfit’s commitment to further support in building capacity of Officers of the GIS.
Director-General for Criminal Investigations Department, Commissioner of Police (COP) Isaac Ken Yeboah entreated graduands to exhibit high sense of professionalism, confidence and knowledge in laws to aid their work.
He encouraged them to continue learning as that is the only way to sustain success, reaffirming that “the Detective Training Academy and the CID Administration is ready and committed to facilitate capacity building in prosecution and other areas of criminal investigations.”
On his part, Commandant of the Training Academy, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Dr. Baba Iddrisu said the Officers should maintain their network and continue sharing ideas in order to be effective and efficient in their new roles.
Meanwhile, Assistant Superintendent of Immigration (ASI) Emmanuel Faith Otchere-Baafuor emerged the Overall Best Student and Best in Criminal Investigations during the course.
ASI Kusi-Appiah Kuffuor was also awarded for Best Conduct, whereas ASI Prospera Soliku received the Commandant’s Special Award.
The best student, ASI Emmanuel Faith Otchere-Baafuor, in his Valedictory message, expressed immense gratitude to instructors who have prepared them reliably for the work ahead.
Also present at the ceremony were Regional Commander for the Greater Accra Regional Command of GIS, Deputy Commissioner of Immigration (DCOI) Mr. Samuel Ayer, Head of Operations, DCOI Maud Anima Quianoo, Head of the Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Department (PPMED), Assistant Commissioner of Immigration (ACI) Thomas Ewuntomah, Head of Legal Department, ACI Arnold Asenso, and Head of Immigration Professional Standards and Ethics (IPSE) Unit, Chief Superintendent Peter Andoh.