The Youth Employment Agency (YEA) in partnership with the Ghana Police Service has begun training young people under its Community Policing Assistants (CPA) Module. The module seeks to provide basic skill sets to selected youth to assist the Ghana Police Service enforce law and maintain order in the various communities across the country.

In Ho, the Volta Region, the YEA and the Ghana Police Service provided a week-long training to 594 CPAs. The training was facilitated by the Police Training School, Ho and monitored by Regional Officials of YEA from both Volta and Oti Regions.

The 594 CPAs comprises 129, 80 and 385 beneficiaries from Volta, Oti and Eastern Regions respectively. At a closing ceremony held on Monday, December 05, 2022 at the Police Training School, Ho, the Volta Regional Director of the YEA, Mr. Emmanuel Kwabena Quarshie, congratulated the CPA trainees for undergoing the training which prepared their bodies and souls to serve their country keep the prevailing peace.

Mr. Quarshie expressed gratitude to the Regional Police Commander and the Officer-in-Charge of the Police Training School for the support and cooperation towards the training of the beneficiaries.

He charged the beneficiaries to be of good conduct and discharge their duties with diligence and have the nation at heart.

He entreated the beneficiaries to go out to protect the image of the YEA and the Ghana Police Service in the performance of their duties.

The Officer-in-Charge of the Training School, ACP/Mr. William Yankee Accolatse in his address stated that, the beneficiaries should count themselves lucky, for out of over 14,000 applicants, they were among the selected few given the opportunity under the module. He made it clear to the beneficiaries that they were going to assist the Police in the enforcement of law, and therefore, should not see themselves as Police Officers. He advised them to first obey the laws of the country in order that they could assist the police enforce the laws of the country.

He entreated them to go out and show dedication as well as hard work; eschew lateness and absenteeism and avoid acts that would trigger their arrest by the Police.

ACP/Mr. Accolatse concluded his address by asking the beneficiaries to project the image of YEA and the Ghana Police Service as they perform their duties.

The Hon. Volta Regional Minister, on his part, expressed joy about participating in the Closing Ceremony. He recalled a similar ceremony he participated in at Sogakofe under the Community Health Work Module of the YEA. He expressed gratitude to the Ghana Police Service for collaborating with YEA to have the beneficiaries trained.

The Hon. Regional Minister warned the beneficiaries against becoming danger to society and entreated them to eschew any form of criminal activities as they embark on the journey of law enforcement. He expressed the need for them to be great ambassadors of YEA, and consider the opportunity offered them just a springboard to the future they wish. He advised them to continue to plan their future, specifically entreating those with not-too-good grades to prepare and better the grades.

He seized the opportunity to congratulate the beneficiaries on undergoing the training and wished them the best in any community they might find themselves. He, however, implored them to avoid negative feedback from the communities they would be assisting the Police Service to serve.

Finally, he advised them to learn the good things of the Police Service from the Police Officers they would be working with.

The community Policing Assistants Module has been scheduled to have three batches of beneficiaries trained by the Ghana Police Service to prepare them towards the attainment of the objective of the Module.