PEighty-two station officers of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) have undergone capacity building to equip them with skills to supervise investigations and promote justice delivery at courts in the country.
The participants in the two weeks workshop were drawn from all the commands across the country. They received certificates of participation.
Some of the topics discussed were customer care, review of docket, techniques in investigations, docket building, money laundering, finger print, ethics and integrity, human rights and investigations.
The Director-General of the CID, Commissioner of Police (COP) Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah in her remarks said the Police Administration was committed in upgrading the knowledge and skills of personnel to perform their duties.
She said currently, there are 300 station officers in the country, adding that they would be trained by the end of the year to boost their skills.
COP Addo-Danquah said crime trends had increased and also changed with the growing technological sophiscation, hence the need to train the station officers to be adequately resourced to direct investigators in building good dockets to prosecute cases at the courts.
“Station officers were first hand supervisors who need to be trained to help investigators build the dockets to ensure that perpetrators were not left off the hook,” she added.
The Director-General urged the participants to be professional during the discharge of their duties to win public confidence.
“As station officers, you must also strive hard to be good and effective leaders who together with your subordinates would use knowledge, expertise, skills and networks to change society for the better,” she added.
COP Addo-Danquah appealed to the public to report personnel who did not operate within the confines of the law, saying that there were laid down regulations and personnel who did not comply would be dealt with.
The Commandant of the Detective Training Academy, Chief Superintendent of Police(C/Supt), Benjamin Affisah, urged the participants to apply what they had been taught to improve their profession.
“I entreat you to go out there as agents of change and judiciously apply all the skills, competencies and knowledge acquired here to the latter,’’ he added.
BY ANITA NYARKO-YIRENKYI