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USAID GHANA JUSTICE SECTOR SUPPORT ACTIVITY  TEAM INTERACTS WITH THE POLICE SERVICE

USAID GHANA JUSTICE SECTOR SUPPORT ACTIVITY  TEAM INTERACTS WITH THE  POLICE SERVICE

The Director General of Police CID, COP Isaac Ken Yeboah has commended the US government for its support to the Ghana Case Tracking System (CTS) aimed at improving justice delivery in Ghana. Speaking at the meeting with the implementing partners of the USAID Ghana Justice Sector Support Activity who called on him at his office, the police chief said that the new system will not only help in the efficient tracking of cases but will significantly fast track prosecution processes and help in effective coordination and information sharing among the security agencies. He therefore pledged the collaboration of the police service with civil society organizations and citizens that will be monitoring the utilization of the CTS.

The visit was to brief the CID boss on the Justice Sector Support activity being funded the United States Agency for International Development,(USAID) and its prospects in enhancing justice delivery in the country.

The Chief of Party of the Activity, Ms. Daphne Nabila Lariba, was optimistic about the successful implementation of the project.

Background:  In 2018, the Government of Ghana with support from the government of the United States of America launched the first integrated Criminal Justice Case Tracking System (CTS) in collaboration with the Judicial Service, the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Department, the Legal Aid Commission, the Economic and Organized Crime Office, the Ghana Police Service and the Ghana Prisons Service. Ghana’s CTS promotes inter-agency collaboration and information-sharing through the development of an integrated case tracking system to support the GOG in effectively investigating and prosecuting criminal cases. The CTS is operational in seven regions, namely the Greater Accra, Ashanti, Northern, Bono, Upper East, Volta & Western regions.  The Justice Sector Support Activity, therefore, seeks to strengthen the Ghana Case Tracking System through citizen engagement, empowerment and amplification of citizens’ voices to demand accountability and improved justice delivery services for the Ghanaian people. The three-year activity which commenced in August 2020 supports civil society organizations to work closely with justice sector institutions and the CTS to determine the need for changes in policies, procedures, and legislation that would facilitate improvements in justice delivery while educating citizens about the CTS and its utility, how cases are tracked, reported, and how CTS allows for transparency in the management of criminal cases.

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