The Criminal Investigation Department (C.I.D) of Ghana Police Service on Monday March 18, 2019 opened a two weeks training course for the first batch of Domestic Violence and Victim support Unit( DOVVSU) investigators at Detective Training Academy. The training is for eighty (80) detectives drawn from across the country.

Carefully selected subjects to be studied includes Role of Police in response to Sexual and Gender Based Violence and Domestic Violence (SGBV/DV), Handling of traumatized clients, Child-Friendly Policing, Legal and Police Framework for responding to Sexual and Gender Based Violence and Domestic Violence (SGBV/DV), Sextortion, Role of Social Welfare in Sexual and Gender Based Violence and Domestic Violence (SGBV/DV), Customer Care among others.

 DCOP/MRS. Mame Yaa Tiwaa Addo Danquah the Director General/CID said over the years investigators have exhibited lack of professionalism in dealing with victims of Domestic violence. She urged them to show empathy in dealing with clients, adding that victims show lack of confidence in Police to get justice for them.

She stated further that, most Domestic Violence and Victim support Unit (DOVVSU) cases are thrown out of the court room due to technical reasons urging participants to be conversant with the various offences and their sections as well as the Domestic Violence Act (Act732/2007). She urged participants to desist from drawing conclusion on cases when reports are made to them. She explained is unprofessional.

She stated that the purpose of the training is to provide the investigators with the necessary tools to help them with the legal framework to guide their investigations.

ACP/Mr. Joseph Gyamera Oklu Director of operations/ CID urged participants to use the training as a platform to better themselves and build their capacity. Domestic Violence and Victim support Unit DOVVSU is a specialized unit hence needs special skills and knowledge to help investigators in their work. He urged participants to be receptive to the needs and wants of victims and not to attach their personal problems with that of the victims by being professionals and adopting positive attitude. Participants were cautioned to desist from using the unit as a source of financial gains.

C/Supt. Benjamin Affisah Commandant of Detective Training Academy showed appreciation to the CID administration for their unflinching support to the academy as well as the massive infrastructural development. He stated that participant in the course of their training will be taught by well natured and experienced lecturers. He urged participants to comport themselves throughout the training and cautioned them to desist from

 Supt Evelyn Borbor the National Coordinator of DOVVSU reaffirmed that the mandate of Domestic Violence and Victim Unit (DOVVSU) is to protect the vulnerable in the society and urged them to be professional in executing the mandate.

Dignitaries present included Director General/CID DCOP/Mrs. Mame Yaa Tiwaa Addo Danquah, Director/Operation/CID, ACP/MR. Joseph Gyamera Oklu, Deputy Director/Supervision C/Supt Gifty Mawunyega- Tehoda, Deputy Director/Education C/Supt. Mr. Edward Opare, Commandant /DTA /C/Supt.Mr. Benjamin Afissah, DOVVSU/Coordinator/ SUPT/Evelyn Borbor, Representative from Formed Police Unit, ASP/ Mr. Who knows Atipoe.

Public Affairs Unit – CID HQRS.