A 400,000 dollar exhibit store of illicit substances has been inaugurated at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters with the call on the public to join forces to help counter illicit substances.
The one-storey block was constructed by the CID, with the assistance of the United States Embassy.
The Inspector-General of Police, Paul Tawiah Quaye, said the drug menace was assuming alarming dimensions in the country which required the concerted effort of all to deal with, adding that the completion of the centre had come at the right time.
He said since ”January 2004 when a joint team of drug law enforcement investigators and personnel of the Narcotics Control Board arrested six foreigners in Tema with 588 kilogrammes of cocaine, the incident conveyed a clear message to all that the drug menace was assuming alarming dimensions in the country”.
“The incident also exposed the inadequacies of resources which include an exhibit store to keep large consignments of drugs exhibits in the system,” he said.
The IGP said he had instructed the Director-General of the CID to streamline the procedures to ensure that effective documentation showing dates of seizures, quantities, control, transfer and disposal of exhibit that come into police custody was always maintained.
In a speech read for him, the Minister of the Interior, Martin Amidu, said the completion of the office came at the time when the issue of office and residential accommodation for the Police Service had taken a centre stage in the scheme of affairs.
He said the issue of infrastructure development was very crucial under the Ministry and that the situation of the Police was a source of worry to the government.
It is in this light that government boldly showed its commitment to improve upon the existing accommodation conditions in the Police Service by approving the budget for the completion of 38 of its outstanding projects this year.