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ICT must be an integral part of the police training college curriculum – Collins Osei

The Police Administration has been urged to incorporate Ghana’s Case Tracking System (CTS) into its training activities to incentivize staff to develop interest and ensure effective implementation of the system.

Mr. Collins Osei, chief executive of Save Our Environment Foundation, a non-governmental organization, said information and communication technology (ICT) must be an integral part of the police training college curriculum.

The CTS is integrated software that tracks criminal cases in the justice delivery system from inception to disposition.

Supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the implementation of the pilot project, among other objectives, aims to provide a common platform to facilitate the monitoring of cases and communication between judicial institutions. .

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), a non-governmental organization, is implementing the pilot project.
Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sidelines of a public awareness forum on the project held at Atronie in Sunyani Municipality, Mr Osei said the integrating CTS into training programs would improve staff knowledge of the system and its benefits for the delivery of justice.

“It is very unfortunate that the Service is facing challenges in implementing CTS as many personnel do not understand the concept, its use and its benefits to the nation,” he said.

CTS is being piloted in Sunyani, Abesim and Atronie police stations and other institutions including Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO), Attorney General’s Department, Legal Aid Commission , the Ghana Prisons Service and the Courts Service.

“Since all key justice sector institutions will be previewed on system cases, this will allow for easy tracking and avoid delays in pursuing cases,” Osei said.

“Under the old system, when the Criminal Investigation Department officer assigned to a case is retired, indisposed, or transferred, the case is sometimes overlooked, but the CTS builds solid databases of the cases,” he added.

He mentioned poor internet connectivity as well as lack of equipment and devices as some of the challenges facing the implementation of the project in the municipality.

Mr Ali Mohammed, a farmer from Atronia, hailed the project but expressed concern about the bad publicity, said it was the first time many people had heard of it and called for public education stepped up to build support.

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