Digital Forensic Lab For Police

The Director-General of CID in a group photograph with dignitaries and participants

The
Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service (GPS) is
planning to build a Digital Forensic Laboratory to help ensure effective investigation
of cybercrime.

The
Director-General of CID, COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, said by the end of
this year, the equipment for fighting cybercrime would arrive in the country to
help the police to combat crime.

During
the official opening of a workshop on cybercrime and electronic evidence
organised for 50 selected personnel from the GPS, EOCO and Bureau of National Investigations
(BNI), the CID boss said the use of ICT to commit crime had become prevalent.
She stressed the need for investigators to always be abreast of the realities
on the ground.

The Director in charge of Cyber
Crime Unit of the CID, Dr Gustav Hebert Yankson, said that in Ghana cybercrime
such as fraud, sextortion, copyright infringements, child pornography,
charlatanic adverts, were mostly reported.

“Ghana also suffered 50 crypto
jacking attacks on five of our Internet service providers within the first
quarter of this year,” he revealed.

“Cybercrime investigations and
evidence processing have not been part of our mainstream police curriculum
until about two years ago, although the cyber laws in Ghana were promulgated in
2008,” he added.

The workshop was organised by
Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) and Africa Alliance Partnership
(AAP).

Also present were representatives of Google, sponsors of the workshop; Markus Green, Board Chair of Conference of Western Attorneys General–Africa Alliance Partnership; Deputy Director-General of CID, ACP George Tweneboah; Director in charge of Operations at the CID, ACP Joseph Oklu Gyamera, and Ghana Bar Association (GBA) representative, Tony Forson, among others.

(lindatenyah@gmail.com)

By Linda Tenyah-Ayettey



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