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On July 5, 2012, the U.S. Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Ghana to establish the West Africa Regional Training Center (RTC) in Accra, Ghana. The RTC is part of the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) Program, run by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Office of Knowledge Management, Division of Continuing Education and Training(INL/KM/CET). In support of the broader U.S. mission, the facility regularly hosts other U.S. training programs. INL/KM/CET has made the RTC available to USAID, AFRICOM, and INL’s Office of African and Middle East Programs (INL/AME) to deliver trainings.
The mission of the RTC is to strengthen democratic governance of participant countries world-wide and increase social, political and economic stability by combating transnational organized crime through international cooperation
INL is leading the U.S. Government's efforts to handle international criminal threats, including:
The RTC officially opened it's Accra facility doors in January 2013, although a Mobile Training Team delivered INL courses in local, Accra hotel conference rooms from 2011-2012. Still aligned with original goals, and more, the RTC continues to facilitate the delivery of INL/KM-sponsored courses for law enforcement personnel from Ghana and other ECOWAS countries to combat transnational organized crime in West Africa. The program has since grown to train nearly 4,000 participants from 33 African nations, as of January 2020.
Since opening, the RTC has expanded course offerings to support INL's interagency-facilitated courses by agencies such as, but not limited to: