The Hon. Attorney General and Minister of Justice,
The Inspector General of Police
The Representatives of the US Embassy,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is an honour for me to address this gathering on behalf of Her Ladyship the Chief Justice, on the occasion of the completion of a training programme for Police Prosecutors in Ghana. I thank LADA Institute for the opportunity. Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo has asked me to express her appreciation to the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), the embassy of the United States in Ghana and LADA for all the effort you have put into this programme from its inception till date.
I am very pleased to note that the training programme for police prosecutors has so far successfully achieved almost all the objectives set out at the outset. I have no doubt that the training has enhanced the prosecutorial skills of the police prosecutors and will, hopefully, contribute to improving quality justice in Ghana. To truly achieve the ends of justice and the rule of law, accused persons and victims of crime must have full access to justice in all its manifestations. This will ensure public confidence in the criminal justice system and bring finality as much as possible to the criminal trial process. The role of police prosecutors in the enforcement of our criminal laws throughout the length and breadth of our country cannot be over estimated.
I therefore, highly commend the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) for supporting LADA Institute in building the prosecutorial capacity of 450 police prosecutors. This exercise no doubt would have required great effort and resources, taking into account the number of trainees that participated in the Programme, but I would like to believe that both the INL and LADA Institute are comforted in the knowledge that this training will ultimately improve the quality of criminal prosecution in Ghana and justice delivery for that matter.
I hope we shall see more of such cooperation from the development partners in our effort as a nation to improve upon the quality of justice we administer to our people.
My advice to you, the police prosecutors who have had the opportunity to benefit from this programme, is that you make good use of the knowledge you have acquired. All the training materials and the Prosecutors’ manual you have been issued must not gather dust on your office shelves and in your drawers. Read and re-read them so you can digest their contents. Refer to them anytime you have any difficulties in your work, and share with your colleagues who were not fortunate enough to take part in the training, the knowledge you have received. Most importantly, the Ghana Police Service should endeavour to adopt LADA’s Training Manual and incorporate it into the Ghana Police Training School's Curriculum to ensure that the knowledge and skills set would be sustained within the Police Service for other prosecutors who may not get the chance to go through this particular training.
I thank you all for your attention.