Community Policing is Adjudged As Most Effective Tool of Policing – IGP
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali has said that the community policing is the most effective tool in tackling the emerging securing challenges facing the nations hence the adoption of the concept in effectively policing of the country.
To achieve that the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), has organised Two day workshop for 300 community policing stakeholders in the Northeast zones for acquaint police men SBC officers, as well as the volunteer police with the necessary knowledge and skills for effective implementation of the policy..
Declaring the open the two day workshop held at the International Conference Hall, Musa Usman Secretariat, Maiduguri on Wednesday, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali said “I am elated to attend and present this address at this training workshop for stakeholders of community policing. This Workshop, which is being organized across the six geopolitical Zones of the country, is designed to deepen the implementation of the Community Policing Model following its approval and adoption by the Federal Government in Year 2020 as the internal security strategy of the country.”
Represented by the DIG Logistics, DIG Zannah Ibrahim said ” I wish to, particularly, note that since the commencement of the phased implementation of the Community Policing Project in Nigeria, lots of grounds have been covered. These include the recruitment, training, kitting, and deployment of Community Policing Officers (CPOs) across the country as well as the basic training of strategic actors and stakeholders in the community policing implementation process,” .
” As a nation, and for us as the lead law enforcement agency in Nigeria, Community Policing is undoubtedly the way to go in the drive to effectively address the complex and challenging dynamics of crime, and mitigate the challenges associated with our current and emerging internal security realities. I am,therefore, excited to note that the Community Policing strategy, as approved by the Federal Government, is gradually taking root in Nigeria and is being warmly embraced by our most strategic partners, the Nigerian people.”, the IGP added.
He said public trust, consent, and partnership are historically, the foundations upon which effective policing rests and these are the principles that drive the community policing approach to internal security management, adding community policing is not a new lexicon in policing practice.
The Police boss, further explained that community policing is a time-tested, law enforcement Model that focuses on sharing the responsibility of communal safety and security with the citizens through the adoption of the well-founded principle of partnership between the Police and the citizens .
The IGP said concept of community policing was geared towards mutually identifying security threats and building trust and synergy in solving them., adding it brings policing closer to the community with the goal of improving the quality of life in our communities and by extension, our nation. The drama we Just watched is an apt analogy of this.
*Community Policing is a cost-effective and an all-society approach to management of fear of crime and security threats and it strengthens the bond between the Police institution and the citizens in confronting the common enemies who are the criminal elements existing within us, and who are bent on
altering our values for peace, safety and security. It is in cognizance of the potency of this approach to law enforcement assigned to them in the community policing project and shall be
responsible for cascading information regarding the strategy to other police officers in their respective areas of responsibilities. genuine passion for community peace, safety, and security. They should also continue to operate within the limits of their that the Federal Government adopted the Model and provided funds for its”, the IGP further said.
Also speaking,the Guest Speaker,Dr Tanko Ahmed said policing originate in the formation of social or human grouping, society, community and nations, stressing that from precolonial, colonial and post independence, as well current desperation community policing remains the most effective policing.
He said ” where there rules, customs, laws and duties requires observation and sanctions .Traditional policing may be eroded by time in transitions and transformations, but the basic instinct to survive and safeguard values remains intact.
In his remarks, the Borno governor, Babagana Zulum urged the police to rise up against growing incidences of pre-election violence.
He said the state government provided soft loan and various skill acquisition programme and support to youths as part of the measure to address unemployment, one of the causes of crimes in the country.
Also in his goodwill message, the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Garbai El-Kanemi, said the inclusion of the traditional institution in the community policing process underscore the commitment.
Represented by the Zanna Borguma Borno, Alhaji Mohammed Habib, the Shehu urged the police authority to develop a comprehensive intelligence gathering policy to help the police and traditional institution collaborate on information sharing.
In his welcome address, the Borno state commissioner of police, CP Abdu Umar commended IGP for organising the workshop, adding that it will help strengthening mutual understanding between the police and members of community.