CTP is nearing completion of a new state-of-the-art training facility in downtown Accra, the capital city of Ghana in West Africa. We built this training complex on behalf of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) program at the State Department in support of the West Africa Cooperative Security Initiative (WACSI) and the Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime approach of building on proven partnerships, investing in future partnerships, and creating regional networks in West Africa.
The timing of our new African training center is critical. Criminal threats and illicit networks are expanding dramatically in size, scope, and influence throughout the region. The crimes are diverse: illicit drug and financial transactions, human smuggling and trafficking, cyber and IPR crimes, and all pose increasing security challenges as criminal networks exploit porous borders, weak states, and under-resourced law enforcement organizations. Countering these trans-national crimes requires coordinated action among committed governments at both the policy-making and working levels. Recognizing the importance of this dual-track approach, the U.S. Government is working to simultaneously promote 1) inter-regional cooperation at the highest levels and 2) build relationships and capacities among law enforcement officials throughout West Africa.
The Regional Training Center (RTC) in Accra will serve as a central location for INL and other U.S.G. agencies to deliver a variety of law enforcement courses, including financial forensics, professional responsibility, and investigative criminal analysis to representatives from surrounding African nations. These attendees, mostly law enforcement officials, will come to the Regional Training Center to acquire skills and techniques to better equip them for future criminal activity back home.
CTP’s Project Manager, Bill Kuhn, has overseen the development of the RTC and its first batch of courses and he believes the center will serve African and U.S. interests for years to come. It is modern and well-equipped, featuring two 50-person classrooms with interpretation and A/V equipment built in. It is centrally situated in Accra, which is itself well located in West Africa. It has perimeter security and key card access to the top floor office. The RTC has numerous amenities, including a kitchen, a glass conference room, an administration office, a production center, and indoor/outdoor staff dining. CTP will have four Ghanaian employees at the facility, as well as local service providers on call. We will provide a full range of logistical and on-site management support, including: airport transfers, registration, per diem distribution, IT/AV, accommodation, catering, program materials, and language services. Upon request, we can fully facilitate the event, including training material development, course delivery, evaluation, note-taking and reporting.
The Accra RTC will be available to host all appropriate U.S agency events and training in Africa after it is completed in January 2013. For more information, please call Tom Fergus at (703) 373-8138 or firstname.lastname@example.org.