The Ghana Police Service has indicated its readiness to shift from paper to computer-based systems to make the security organization's operations as paperless as possible.
The Acting Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), DCOP Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Dankwah said the Police is set to roll out a series of digital transformation agenda including going paperless to change its ways to fit into the modern ways of doing things.
"The police Administration, as part of the transformation agenda, is set to commence e-policing pilot in 26 police stations within Accra and Tema. This means that we shall be using electronic means to take complaints, write statements, verify fingerprints, and all entries in CID shall be digital beginning with the 26 pilot police stations in Accra and Tema, and the CID Headquarters,” DCOP Addo-Dankwah said at a workshop on ‘Effective Investigation Techniques’ for some 175 crime officers across the country in Accra.
DCOP Addo-Dankwah made it clear that there was a steady movement toward a complete digitization of criminal investigations in the country which means that when the programme is finally rolled out, the Inspector General of Police and the Director-General, CID could access any complaint or docket, how the case is being investigated and could also give directives on dockets using electronic means.
She added that training had already been conducted for personnel from the 26 police stations and CID headquarters earmarked for the pilot. There is, therefore, the need for the crime officers to brace up to meet the challenges that come with the introduction of technology in criminal investigations.
The workshop was designed to equip participants with modern best practices in criminal investigations to better place them ahead of any challenge.