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BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION DONATES VEHICLE TO IMMIGRATION SERVICE


 

 

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Rushton expressed the delight of BHC to support and contribute in building the capacity of Officers of GIS in intelligence gathering and investigations targeted at fake travel documents, illegal acquisition of visas, human smuggling and trafficking, and activities of organized crime group.

He noted that the BHC has over the years organized capacity programmes for Officers of the GIS. “Recently, eight Officers have been trained to investigate organized crime,” he added.

Mr. Rushton who was accompanied by Emma Hardy, First Secretary and Regional Manager of Africa for Immigration Enforcement International, indicated that he was happy about the set skills that had been acquired by the Officers to combat organized crime. “The Officers are highly skilled and very friendly, they can function and relate well with other sister security agencies, and I urge them to share intelligence with sister security agencies” he said. 

Oh his part, the Comptroller-General of Immigration (CGI), Mr. Kwame Asuah Takyi, expressed his appreciation to the BHC for the gesture and for building the capacity of Officers of the specialized unit.

He said the Service was improving the capabilities of Officers and equipping them with the necessary tools and logistics to fight against organized crime.

“Eight Officers were identified and trained in digital forensic investigation, open source investigation, unarmed combat, document fraud detection and investigation into human smuggling and trafficking,” he noted.

The CGI indicated that it has improved on work efficiency and enhanced the Service’s image as well.

Mr. Takyi explained that recent developments in migration had it essential for every country to manage its borders well as a means of curbing crime. “One aspect of managing migration effectively is training and continuous capacity building of our Officers,” he added.

He indicated that he was aware of moves by the BHC to support the GIS to construct an office accommodation at the Document Fraud Expertise Centre (DFEC) at Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra for the Service’s specialized unit. 

 

The British High Commission (BHC) has donated a brand new Toyota Fortunner vehicle to the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) to aid its newly created specialized unit to combat visa fraud and related offences.

The vehicle was handed over to the GIS on behalf of the BHC by the Regional Capacity Building Manager, Mr. Alistair Rushton at a short presentation ceremony at the GIS National Headquarters in Accra, yesterday. 

Other items that were also donated to the GIS include, specialized laptops, fraud detection equipment, batons and handcuffs.

BY: AICO I Raymond Baxey
  / Public Affairs

 

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