Forensic Science in Ghana: A review

Aaron O. Amankwaa, Emmanuel Nsiah Amoako, Dan Osei Mensah Bonsu, Moses Banyeh

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Abstract

The use of forensic science continues to grow across the world. In Ghana, major advancements took off in 2011, including the introduction of modern DNA profiling and the establishment of an automated fingerprint identification system. These developments have led to some positive impacts on the delivery of justice, including the exoneration of a wrongly incarcerated individual. However, a review of the policy-related aspects of forensic science shows gaps in legislation, governance, service provision, quality assurance and accreditation, education and research. An important recommendation to improve forensic science in Ghana is the creation of a “national policy strategy”, a blueprint informed by relevant stakeholders, best practice from other countries and the status of the field. Resolutions to the policy issues identified in this review will ensure a more robust application of forensic science in delivering safe justice and enhancing public security.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-160
Number of pages10
JournalForensic Science International: Synergy
Volume1
Early online date30 Jul 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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