The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu has said that the new Community Policing strategy of the federal government would involve organizational decentralization and reorientation of all police personnel particularly the rank and file in order to facilitate two way communication between the public and the police.
IGP Adamu who made the disclosure while declaring open, a one day sensitization workshop for Nigerian Police Community Policing Officers across the 36 states of the federation and FCT, noted, “Our mission in adopting this strategy is to control crime and make our communities safer”.
He said, “For the avoidance of doubt, Community policing strategy is an initiative intended to bring policing closer to the community through partnership and problem solving approach.
“It is based on the premise that both the police and the community must work together to identify, prioritize, and solve contemporary problems such as fear of crime, social and physical disorder, and overall neighbourhood security threats, with the goal of improving the quality of life in our communities”.
“It is in the light that we have in synergy with state governments, successfully inaugurated community policing committees (CPCs) across the federation.
“These committees are responsible for identifying suitable members of their communities for appointment as community policing officers who will work with the police and community in identifying peculiar security issues and jointly develop strategies to mitigate them.
“In the conceptualization of this strategy, capacity building and effective communication of the strategy within the police force are pivotal to the success of the project.
“It is against this background that we deemed it necessary to commence the sensitization of officers and men of the force with the first, being this workshop for community policing officers drawn from across the country.
“In no distant future, similar workshops and trainings will be replicated in all commands which would be principally facilitated by those being trained here. These trainings will enable police personnel to understand fully, the concept and be able to exude conducts and attitudes expected of them in relation to their specific duties and roles in a community policing environment”.
In his welcome address, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Research and Planning, DIG Adeleye Oyebade told the officers, “As essential personnel required for the success of the programme, you have been selected to attend this workshop and subsequently, you will pass through a well programmed training session by highly seasoned experts in community policing.”
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