Published November 25, 2019
Looking for a place buzzing with activity and great personalities? Welcome to the Regional Training Center! In this last quarter, we have had a lot of high-level guests visit the center. Let’s see what went on at the RTC!
Last month, the RTC was privileged to host Brittney Galloway and Kayleigh Mitchell - RTC Program Officers from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Office of Knowledge Management – INL/KM. They met with several members of the Ghanaian law enforcement community and spoke about the great benefits of the RTC program. This was their first visit to the RTC, and they sat through the training and participated in the graduation ceremony at the end of the week.
We also received a visit from the Director of INL’s Office of Africa and Middle East Programs (AME) –Mea Arnold. She was accompanied by Huber Parsons - the AME Program Officer for the West Africa Team (Huber is no stranger to the RTC). They fully support the work the RTC is doing in Ghana and we hope they loved the delectable Ghanaian cuisine! Come visit us again soon!
To say the RTC is bursting with activity is an understatement as we’re trying to keep up with all the new participants, instructors and Thursday night dinners! The month of October came with different agencies and courses, passing through the RTC. The Financial crimes course with the FBI-led instructor team was an interagency co-lab, with different law enforcement agencies experimenting with various case studies on financial crimes. What a great group of people!
The 2nd was the Anti-corruption for judges and prosecutors’ course, with excellent course instruction from different Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) from OPDAT, who are proficient in their work. Their experience with working in West Africa was definitely a highlight, as they talked through various legislature within the region.
In November, we hosted INL’s Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS), Heather Merritt, during the AME Directors Workshop. U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, Ambassador Sullivan, was also present and delivered remarks during the opening of the workshop. DAS Merritt met with the RTC staff and encouraged the team to continue to work hard to ensure the continuous success of the program. She loved the RTC and we hope this would not be her last visit to Ghana!
What a year we’ve had! Look out for the December newsletter where we take a retrospective look of our activities so far as we look towards 2020!