The Ag. Dir. Gen. of Prisons, Emmanuel Adzator, flanked by the IGP, John Kudalor (his immediate right), and DCOP Asante Apeatu (his immediate left). Others are members of the Prisons Directorate.
The Acting Director-General of Prisons, Emmanuel Yao Adzator, has pledged his readiness to collaborate with the Ghana Police Service by providing relevant information on prison inmates to the Police Service in support of the West African Police Information System (WAPIS) to enhance effective monitoring and control of criminals within the West African sub-region.
Mr. Adzator made the pledge during a courtesy call on him by the Inspector-General of Police, John Kudalor, at the Prisons Headquarters at Cantonments in Accra to deliberate on pertinent issues towards the effectiveness of WAPIS.
‘The Criminal Records Department of the Service has enough information on all prison inmates, and we shall not hesitate to share that information with you as part of our duty to ensure public safety. It is my hope that the two sister Services will continue to coordinate their activities to ensure optimum delivery of services’, he added.
The Prisons Boss expressed gratitude for the visit, and gave a brief history of the Service, its challenges, and the intended interventions in line with the recently launched 10-year Strategic Development Plan. This, in his view, would go a long way to surmount the enumerated problems.
The IGP, who was accompanied by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Asante Apeatu, was grateful for the warm reception, and noted that the courtesy call was also to congratulate Mr. Adzator on his appointment as the Acting Director-General of Prisons.
DCOP Apeatu, the Director-General of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) of the Police Service, further explained that adequate information on convicts and ex-convicts would help reduce crime drastically.
‘If we have information, we will be able to monitor and track them before they become hardened criminals. So in that spirit, I think that we must collaborate with the Prisons Service for assistance in that direction’, the DCOP added.
The West African Police Information System (WAPIS) is a common Police information system across West Africa that allows the sharing of criminal information on a timely basis, and greater law enforcement cooperation within the region and with the rest of the world in fighting transnational organized crime and terrorism.
It is to also enable police officers in West African countries to access critical police information from their national criminal databases and from databases of other countries to enhance identification of criminals and support on-going investigations.
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