Assessing the state of forensic support to criminal investigations in Ghana: A case study in the Greater Accra Region

  • Y. S. Sulley Faculty of Biosciences, Department of Forensic Science, University for Development Studies, Tamale
  • L. Quansah Faculty of Biosciences, Department of Forensic Science, University for Development Studies, Tamale
Keywords: Criminal investigations;, criminal justice system;, education;, forensic science;, forensic support;, Ghana

Abstract

The study assessed the state of forensic support to criminal investigations by measuring public awareness, knowledge and perception of forensic science in Ghana. A simple random technique was employed to elicit information from 200 consented respondents in selected neighbourhoods in Accra through face to face interviews, questionnaire responses, and random phone calls. The study identified forensic science education as a key challenge among others in the forensic sector. The state of forensics support to criminal investigations in Ghana was rated on the scale of good (10.5%), bad (81.5%) and very bad (8%) indicating that forensic science in Ghana has “gone dark”. The study’s findings call for respective stakeholders and policymakers of Ghana to prioritize forensic support to criminal investigations to promote safety, security, and sustainable economic development.

Published
2022-01-01
Section
Original Scientific Research

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