Training Workshop For Law Enforcement Agencies On Cybercrime And Electronic Evidence Ends In Accra
A capacity-building workshop for law enforcement agencies which includes Prosecutors, Judges, and selected staff of the National Communications Authority has ended in Accra, today.
The training workshop was designed to train a group of Judges, Prosecutors and members of the GLACY+ National team to become trainers who will in turn be able to instruct their peers in the introductory skills and knowledge required to fulfil their respective roles and functions in case of cybercrime and electronic evidence.
Addressing the closing ceremony on Friday, 7th April, 2017 at the Judiciary Training Institute, Mr. Joe Anokye, Acting Director General of NCA and National Coordinator of the GLACY+ Ghana team, expressed his appreciation to the council of Europe for their initiative to train law enforcement agencies in the country.
He pointed out the timeliness of the training as there are indications from the security agencies of the increase in cyber enabled and dependent crimes making cybercrimes the number one threat in the country.
Mr. Anokye reminded participants of the important role they played in the society with regards to maintaining internal security of the state.
He advised participants to experiment with the concept of learning by teaching and sharing what they have learnt during the five days training with their colleagues because in teaching others their understanding of the subject will deepen which will consequently make them experts in their particular field of work.
As the National Coordinator of the Global Action on Cybercrime Extended (GLACY+) project, Mr. Anokye distributed Certificate among the participants and presented a beautifully framed newspaper clipping of the opening ceremony to each of the facilitators and trainers.
A participant receiving her certificate
In a statement Mr. Zahid Jamal, a trainer from the Council of Europe urged participants to apply knowledge acquired at the training session to cybercrime cases they will encounter henceforth.
Mr. Zahid Jamal, a Trainer at the Council of Europe delivering his remarks.
Mr. Jamal also took the opportunity to advise participants to be careful of managing their official documents on unsecured networks using mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets as it provides a way for hackers to infiltrate and tamper with their documents.
He explained that unauthorised access of a computer network whether protected or unprotected is illegal. He cited the example of a thief entering an unlocked house, the fact that the owner probably forgot to lock the house does not mean the thief did not commit a crime.
A participant took the opportunity to express his gratitude to the council of Europe for supporting the programme which would be of benefit to their deliverables.
The training workshop took place at the Judicial Training Institute (JTI) in Accra from the 3rd to 7th April, 2017.
GLACY+ (Global Action on Cybercrime Extended) is a Joint project of the European Union (Instrument Contributing to Peace and Stability) and the Council of Europe.
The National Communications Authority, (NCA), was established by an Act of Parliament, Act 524 in December 1996, which has been repealed and replaced by the National Communications Authority Act, 2008 (Act 769). The Authority is the statutory body mandated to license and to regulate electronic communication activities and services in the country.