About 527 Community Policing Assistants (CPAs) have gone through five weeks of training in Accra.
The trainees, who were recruited from the Greater Accra and Western Regions are to assist the Ghana Police Service to solve security challenges at the community level.
Addressing the gathering, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, said security was a matter of concern to the government, and it was necessary to recruit the youth to augment the efforts of the Police Service to ensure sanity in the communities.
He urged them to use the knowledge and skills acquired to help improve their various communities adding that lessons such as discipline, punctuality, team work and patriotism were key elements for developing a better society.
Mr. Afotey Agbo also stressed the need for them to work as agents for change, and educate their peers to desist to from social vices such as armed robbery, stealing, riots and teenage pregnancies.
He announced that measures had been put in place by the Government to reduce unemployment, adding that many social intervention programmes had been introduced to curb the problem.
“The module of Community Policing Assistants is an important social intervention programme that seeks to alleviate poverty and make the youth gainfully employed”, he said.
Mr. Kobina Beechem, Chief Executive Officer of the Youth Employment Authority (YEA) noted that about 22.6 per cent of the vibrant population were the youth, indicating their dominance in the country.
He said the YEA sought to work with other institutions from the public and private sectors to create jobs for the youth.
“The Youth in Security Module is a perfect example of such collaboration between YEA and the Ghana Police Service.”