Mr Bashiri Ibrahim (second from right), Deputy CEO YEA and DCOP Yaagy Akuribah,
(third from right), Director-General of NPD, in a pose with some senior Police Officer
and officials from YEA
A partnership between the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) and the Ghana Police Service, which seeks to create jobs for 15,000 youth, was launched in Accra on Friday.
Under the partnership, Community Protection Officers (CPOs) are expected to be trained and deployed between August and November this year.
The Deputy Chief Executive Officer of YEA, Bashiri Ibrahim disclosed this during the launch of Police/YEA partnership on Community Safety and Security innovation to help address youth unemployment in the country.
By the end of the implementation 36,000 CPOs will be recruited, trained and deployed at various communities.
The programme was attended by senior police officers such as Director General in charge of Private Security, DCOP Paul Awini, the Director of Community Police Department, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Habiba Twumasi-Sarpong and the Director-General of Public Affairs Department, ACP David Eklu.
He said 5,000 additional recruits were also expected to be deployed to other security agencies such as the Ghana National fire Service, Prisons and Immigration by the end of the year.
Mr Ibrahim said the Agency had provided funds and will also organise entrepreneur skills for the recruits to establish themselves after their service with organisations.
He said as part of efforts to address ghost names, the Agency had recruited the services of 600 Monitoring and Evaluation Officers to monitor the activites of the recruits.
Mr Ibrahim stated that the Auditor -General has also been directed by the Agency to do pre-auditing of their payroll before payments were made.
The Director-General of the National Patrols Department of the Ghana Police Service, DCOP Akuribah Yaagy, in his address said the innovation was expected to activate the consciousness of the Ghanaian in crime prevention, social justice and community welfare.
He said the Police Service was introducing a more professional, cost effective and community friendly model of policing where state resource budgeted for security can be shared to minimise youth unemployment.
DCOP Yaagy said “the innovation is to prevent and reduce crime in communities through more police visibility and accessibility to members of the communities who need our assistance,” and said that, Civilian Oversight Body would be constituted for all 6,000 electoral areas for effective monitoring of the recruits.
By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi
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