THE GHANA Police Service has devolved Community Policing and Visibility Patrols to all 6,000 Electoral areas in Ghana, positioning Assembly Members as head of Security at the local levels.
The Assembly Members will be lead collaborators with Community Policing Assistants (CPAs) provided under the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) module. As a result, the Police administration has requested for 36,000 CPAs to help implement the policy however 15,000 have been approved by the YEA which they have been trained by the Police for deployment to the Electoral areas.
The devolution is part of the new Community Policing and Visibility concept with crime reduction strategy focused on improving visibility and accessibility of Police, strengthen reciprocal partnership between the Public and Police and also promote better image of the service while boosting public relations and confidence.
The Director General of National Patrol Department of Ghana Police Service, COP Akuribah Yaagy said last Friday in Koforidua during a sensitization workshop for Police Officers in the Eastern Region on the new structure of community Policing and Visibility embedded with the transformational agenda of the Ghana Police Service.
COP Akuribah Yaagy told the DAILY HERITAGE, said the new concept is aim at improving security for the public and also polices the numerous government projects including planting for food and jobs, One -District -One factory, One -Village -One- Dam among others from pilfering and other criminal conducts that could undermine the programs.
“The new concept of community Policing and the Community Policing Assistants is to devolve the concept down to the Electoral area that is the smallest Political units headed by Assemblymen and Women so if we are able to devolved it down that they will assist the Police To gather intelligent and also to make the communities safe because they will be able to fish out the bad guys because they live with them and among them, “ he said.
COP Yaagy added that “So with the new concept, there was this memorandum of understanding between the Ghana Police Service and the YEA to develop this because in 2006 when the concept came into been we didn’t have any specific role for the CPAs.
“In certain regions they were used as ushers at the Regional Coordinating Councils ,so with the coming into force of the YEA Act in 2015 they had a different role to play but with us, the police service saw that it was proper to devolve them to the electoral levels and then if the communities are safe, then the Presidents vision of One -District -One Factory, One -District -One -Dam ,One-District -One Warehouse and then planting for Food and Jobs will be fulfilled”.
The Eastern Regional Director of YEA, Jerry Osei Poku said the agency is committed to collaborate with state institutions to provide jobs for the youth, adding that, challenges of delay in payment of allowances of beneficiaries are being rectified.