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General News of Sunday, 27 May 2018

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Police to train investigators to minimize failed prosecutions

The Ghana Police Service says it is working around the clock to ensure that its investigators have the capacity to determine when a case is prosecutable before effecting arrests.

This follows the discharge of over 30 persons arrested in the wake of the murder of Captain Maxwell Mahama, a development the slain soldier’s family is unhappy with.

The police have over the years been criticised for apprehending suspects and later dropping cases against them for lack of evidence.

However, apart from concerns of fundamental human right breaches, others believe these wholesale arrests end up destroying people’s reputation.

A private legal practitioner, Martin Kpebu wants state attorneys to be used to assist the police in investigations.

“We can reform even within the current system so that the few state attorneys we have, there is a system where they are embedded in the investigative process,

“So that from day one, they are involved. They don’t have to wait for the police to finish, build a docket before the state attorney begins to weed out the chaff,” he said.

He believes that if the state attorney is involved from day one, the state will be saved the embarrassment that comes with arresting multitudes and then letting them go in the end.

Director General of the Police CID, DCOP Maame Tiwaa Addo Danquah in an interview with Joy News said the Service intends to address the concerns through training of its service men to avoid some of these setbacks.

“We cannot continue to receive the blame...that is why we are doing our best to ensure that investigators arrest when it is necessary and when they have actually established a prima facie case that this person has to be arrested.”