Hon. John Kwao Sackey, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA) has presented nine bicycles to 9 Community Policing Assistants (CPAs) in the municipality to facilitate the efficient and effective delivery of service at a ceremony at the Assembly’s office at Abokobi.
The Community Policing Assistant (CPA) is one of the modules under the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) introduced by the government to mitigate youth and graduate unemployment and support the Ghana Police Service to address security challenges in the country.
The presentation of the bicycles, procured through the YEA, follows the deployment of nine of the CPAs to various Police Stations in the Ga East Municipality.
Nine bicycles were presented to nine CPAs to facilitate their movements within the communities and increase community access to security services.
Present at the ceremony, along with the MCE, were the Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD) of GEMA, Alhaji Shehu Awudu Kadiri, GEMA YEA Coordinator and Administrator, Ms. Barbara Cosmos and Hon. Emmanuel Sogbe, respectively, and Superintendent Joseph Oppong, Madina Divisional Crime Officer.
Others included ASP Franklin Yevugah, Kwabenya District Police Crime Officer, GEMA Municipal Chief Guard, Ex WO2 Yaw Adu Agyei and Acting Public Relations Officer (P.R.O), Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman.
Addressing the CPAs, the MCE Hon. John Kwao Sackey, made it clear to them that the purpose of the presentation of the bicycles is to support them to be visible in the communities but not to stay only at the Police Stations they have been attached.
He said the CPAs are supposed to represent the Police in the areas they operate.
“You are supposed to be the eye and ear of the Police and riding the bicycle around the area in your uniform even psychologically tells evil doers to stay out”
He advised them not to just ride the bicycles from the Police Stations to their homes but rather they should let the community members feel the presence of the Police
He cautioned them not to see themselves as Police Officers but continue to serve in the capacity they have been engaged but work hard to be enrolled into the mainstream Policing through the appropriate recruitment channels.
The Madina Divisional Crime Officer, Superintendent Joseph Oppong said the CPAs have demonstrated good moral and professional conduct since their deployment, noting that the bicycles would go a long way to boost their moral.
CPA Emmanuel Agboju Amenu, speaking on behalf of his colleagues after receiving the bicycles, thanked the MCE, Management of the Assembly and the YEA for supporting their operations and promised that they will do their best in to enhance security in the communities.
By: Nanapanin Akosua Arhin/Angela Yawson
Picture: Stephen Quartey/Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman