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U.S Funds the Construction of National Marine Police Training Academy

March 26, 2013

Anyinase, Western Region, Ghana. Deputy Chief of Mission, Pat Alsup together with Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan, Minister of Interior Kwesi Ahwoi and Minister of Energy Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah broke ground to commence the construction of the National Marine Police Training Academy Friday, March 22.

The U.S. is investing over $1.2 million in this new training academy which is the result of 2 years of coordination between the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), the U.S. Force Protection Detachment in Ghana and the Ghana Police Service.  Training provided in this facility will help law enforcement officials hone their skills in various aspects of protecting Ghana’s coastline and encourage regional communication regarding international threats to maritime security.  The unit will carry out and enforce Ghana’s maritime and environmental laws targeting illicit activities at sea, such as: piracy, illegal arms, narcotics and human trafficking.  The AFRICOM Counternarcotics and Law Enforcement Division has been instrumental in various similar projects throughout Ghana and Africa.

A secured maritime domain benefits everyone.  It makes for a safe environment for various authorized activities— from small scale fishing to large scale commercial oil drilling.