‘18,000 convicts on police data base’

Story: Kwadwo OWUSU ADUOMI

The West African Police Information System (WAPIS) Ghana, has imputed into its database about 18,000 convicts to step up an interagency cooperation in the fight against crime.

The Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr. George Akuffo Dampare said the data was being interrogated by institutions that conducted investigations in the country.

The Acting IGP said this in a speech read on his behalf by Commissioner of Police (COP) Mr. Isaac Ken Yeboah, the Director General in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department, at the opening of WAPIS Three-day Regional Training on Quality Data for some selected law enforcement officers in Accra.

WAPIS was formed to create a system for sharing of criminal data in West Africa to combat transnational crime such as arms smuggling, illicit drug trafficking, piracy, and cybercrime.

The selected law enforcement officers for the training were from Ghana, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Guinea Bissau and Liberia.

She said the situation, therefore, underscored the relevance of WAPIS programme, which when implemented would be an invaluable asset and provide law enforcement officers with quality data to work with

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