UNODC launches new Drug Law Enforcement Unit (DLEU) in Koforidua, Ghana
19th July 2018
To help strengthen the capacity of law enforcement agencies in Ghana in their fight against drug trafficking and related organized crime, UNODC refurbished and equipped a new DLEU in the Eastern region, which was officially launched on 19th July 2018 in Koforidua, Ghana.
Funded by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (US-INL), the Drug Law Enforcement Unit (DLEU) in Koforidua is to help DLEU officers in the region, investigate and prosecute drug trafficking offenses, which continue to threaten the security, rule of law and development of the country.
This initiative is part of the Technical Assistance Project to Ghanaian Authorities to Counter Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime, which was launched in 2016 in collaboration with UNODC and the Government of Ghana with funding from US-INL.
Implemented by UNODC, the project’s objective seeks to support Ghana’s national efforts in the fight against drug trafficking on counternarcotic through the provision of training and equipment to the regional DLEUs to effectively address the challenges posed by drug trafficking and organized crime in Ghana.
The new DLEU initially has eight (8) officers formally assigned to the unit. The assigned officers have completed both the Basic and Advance drug trafficking investigations courses, and have been equipped with the necessary tools and devices to enable them tackle drug crime effectively.
The DLEU was launched by COP/Mr Prosper Agblor, Director General, Welfare - Ghana Police Service who stood in for the Inspector General of Police; and Mr Tom Lyons, Political Affairs Chief – US Embassy; in the presence of representatives from UNODC, the US Embassy, Ghana Law Enforcement Agencies and International representatives.
Mr Lyons articulated that “Together we have made good progress in enhancing the operational activities and building the capacities of Ghana’s Law Enforcement Agencies”. He went on to say “I hope this center is well used. In return, I pledge that we will continue to work together with Law Enforcement Agencies and prosecutors to find better ways to investigate, prosecute, and convict drug dealers”, and further communicated that “The United States is proud to have collaborated with the Ghanaian government on this project and hope that by bolstering the skills of Ghana’s police, they will be better equipped to counter the drug trade, and effect justice on behalf of all Ghanaian people”.
The UN Resident Coordinator – Mrs. Christine Evans-Klock mentioned in her statement made at the launch, the importance of measuring impact; stating “it’s important for UN morale in continuing effort for maintaining the partnerships and for your ability to secure longer term sustainable financing for the working due in the service of your country”.
COP/Mr Agblor affirmed in his remarks that “I have been assured by the Police regional command that personnel of this unit will offer their best to sustain the confidence of the people in the region and the country, to justify the investment bid made by our partners”.