The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, on Friday said the full implementation of community policing will address an array of security challenges facing Nigeria.
Adamu made this declaration while inaugurating the Oyo State community policing advisory committee held at the Government House, Agodi Ibadan.
At the inauguration were the state Governor, Seyi Makinde, Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi 111 and other stakeholders.
Adamu who spoke through the Deputy Inspector General of Police, department of research and planning, force headquarters, Abuja, Mr. Adeleye Oyebade, added that community policing as a policing model rests on the philosophy and principles of public partnership, intelligence gathering and inter/multi-agency collaboration.
Adamu maintained that it is envisioned that the full implementation of community policing will help address or mitigate the security challenges currently confronting Nigeria.
He remarked that the project is very dear to the Nigeria Police Force whose vision is to be a leading national, professional, efficient law enforcement organization.
“To guarantee safety and strengthen internal security requires a security road map hence the adoption of Community Policing as ‘an aid to conventional policing strategy’.
Community Policing as a policing model rests on the philosophy and principles of public partnership, intelligence gathering and inter/multi-agency collaboration.
Consequent upon the approval by the President, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, NPM, mni, has directed that the scheme should take off in all the states across the country.
“It is envisioned that the full implementation of the Community Policing will help address or mitigate the security challenges currently confronting us as a nation.
The project is, therefore, one that is very dear to the Nigeria Police Force whose vision is ‘to be a leading national, professional, efficient law enforcement organization’ as it boldly steps out on a genuine mission ‘to provide safety and security in Nigerian communities, protect and respect human rights, and promote community partnership in preventing and controlling social order’.
“The Community Policing Project is in stages: the first stage earlier began with sensitization initiated by the IGP. The second stage will be the implementation stage.
It is at this stage that various committees are set up. These committees include the State Community Policing Advisory Committee, the State community Policing Committee, Area Command Community Policing Advisory Committee, Local Government Community Policing Advisory Committee and the Divisional Community Policing Committee. After the implementation stage comes the recruitment of Special Constables, and finally, training and kitting.