POLICE PROSECUTORS URGED TO UTILIZE KNOWLEDGE ACQUIRED
Thursday, April 13, 2017
The Deputy Interior Minister, Henry Quartey presenting a certificate to one of the participant in the training progamme
The Minister for the Interior has charged Officers of the Ghana Police Service‘s Prosecution Division to bring to bear, the knowledge acquired from a training programme for Police Prosecutors in the execution of their duties.
They are also expected to present a positive image of the Ghana Police Service in the communities where they are stationed by securing quality convictions.
These were disclosed in a speech read on his behalf by the Deputy Minister for Interior, Hon. Henry Quartey at the closing ceremony of the first phase of a training programme organised by the LADA Institute held in Accra today, Thursday, April 14, 2017.
“I urge you to utilise the knowledge you have gained from this programme and display the skills in court so that the public can see that you are not only competent to perform your duties but you can be relied upon to deliver justice” he stressed.
According to the Minister, the role performed by the officers as Prosecutors is a constitutional function of the Attorney General which they (Police Prosecutors), through a statutory delegation have been tasked to perform some aspects.
He therefore, appealed to them to discharge their duties in line with the code of ethics for prosecutors and in accordance with the law.
The Minister also commended the LADA Institute and the Prosecution Division of the Attorney-General’s Department for their immense contribution in making the training a success.
He further implored them not to relent in their efforts, considering the critical nature of the next phase, which is the monitoring and mentoring of the Police Prosecutors given that monitoring, evaluation and mentoring plays a critical role in every project.
“I call on all stakeholders especially the regional Police administration and State Attorneys in the regions to collaborate with LADA Institute to ensure the programme continues in its success. We at the Ministry will keep our doors open at all times to offer support not only to LADA Institute but any other civil society organisation that works for humanity, human rights and for social good” he indicated.
The programme which commenced in 2016 with funding from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), an agency under the United States Department of State and designed to improve the knowledge and competence of Police Prosecutors in Ghana had 450 officers drawn from across the country participating.