A delegation from the Department of Forensic Sciences and the Institutional Affiliation Office of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) has inspected facilities at the Detective Training Academy (DTA) of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at the Ghana Police Training School in Accra.
The visit formed part of processes leading to the affiliation of DTA to UCC through the Department of Forensic Sciences to run programmes at the certificate, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Facilities Inspected by the Delegation from UCC
The UCC delegation led by Dr. Richmond Afoakwah was made up of the Head of Institutional Affiliation Office, Mr. Justice Agyenim Boateng; Dr. Benjamin Aboagye, Mr . Isaac Kofi Badu and Ms. Fiona Kudiabor of the Department of Forensic Sciences.
Facilities inspected by the delegation included lecture halls, dormitories, washrooms, dining hall, administrative and academic offices. The team also inspected the newly constructed Library and Information Communications and Technology (ICT) Centre.
Prior to the inspection of facilities, the UCC delegation held a meeting with the Director-General of CID, DCOP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah and her team including Deputy Director-General of CID, ACP George Tweneboah; Commandant of DTA, Supt. Benjamin Affisah.
Director-General of CID’s Remark
The Director-General of CID, assured the delegation from UCC that her outfit was working vigorously to upgrade facilities at the DTA in order to meet the requirements for affiliation and accreditation. She said a lot of efforts have been made by her team for the successful commencement of the programmes..
DCOP Addo-Danquah reiterated her desire to reposition the CID as a top-notch investigative body globally. She commended UCC for showing keen interest in helping the CID administration to realise this vision.
UCC will Collaborate with DTA to Commence the Programme
Dr. Afoakwah noted that the level of commitment from UCC and CID team was commendable and gave the assurance that “UCC will do everything possible to successfully roll out the programmes”. He said the Vice-Chancellor was in support of the collaboration and therefore, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) would soon be signed to seal the affiliation process for the commencement of the programmes. The Head of the Department of Forensic Sciences indicated that apart from personnel of the CID, the programmes would be extended to other security agencies in Ghana and other countries in West Africa. He said the curriculum was designed with the input of the CID and therefore, the University would continue to work together with them to train highly professional detectives to nib all forms of crime in the bud.
Signing of MoU
On his part, the Head of Institutional Affiliation said the draft MoU would be sent to the CID to make an input before the official signing ceremony. He was hopeful that the efforts made so far was an indication that the programme would be rolled out very soon.