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Gov’t Trains Over 13,000 Police Assistants to Fight Crime

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The Government of Ghana led by His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is gradually delivering on its promise to provide the necessary logistics and resources needed for the Ghana Police Service to fight the lawlessness and indiscipline that has threatened the nation’s security recently.

The president’s commitment to fighting crime has reflected in the passing out of over 13,000 Community Protection Personnel (CPP) from five police training centres across the country.

Speaking at the Passing out Ceremony held at the National Police Training School, in Accra, last Friday, the Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia said, the objective of the programme was to promote peace and security in the country, by adding to the human resource strength of the police service.

Newly trained Community Protection Personnel in a Parade

“It is expected that this programme will improve the citizen to police ratio in the country. The beneficiaries of the programme have been selected across the country to assist the police in this regard. We expect that the programme will help reduce crime levels in the country,” he noted.

According to the vice president, beneficiaries had gone through rigorous training to assess their readiness for the job adding that, they would assist the police to reduce crime and help deliver excellent results in their operations across the country.

The Fight Against Unemployment

Alhaji Bawumia said, the passing out of the police assistants further goes to reinforce government’s obligation to solve the challenge of unemployment in Ghana.

He indicated that government had targeted to recruit 15,000 young people under the community police module of the Youth Employment Authority (YEA).

Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffour Awuah said beneficiaries would be deployed to various communities to perform their duties.

It is expected that after expiry of a two-year contract, some CPP would be absorbed into the police service mainstream.

Personnel had undergone a three-week intensive training at the various police training schools across the country.

Some of the courses studied include; Democratic Principles, Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene and Traffic management.

By: Grace Ablewor Sogbey/ ksogbey@gmail.com

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