The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has given a technical knock-out to the recently formed regional security outfit known as Amoteku in the Southwest, asking all parts of Nigeria to key into community policing system that has been introduced.
Addressing strategic police managers today, March 13 at a crucial meeting in Abuja, the police boss appealed to all citizens and particularly, the State Governors to continue to support and partner with the mainstream police organization to implement the community policing strategy across the country.
“It is only when we present a common front that we can, as a people, defeat our common enemy who are the bandits, kidnappers, and armed robbers that are testing our will and attempting to alter our values for peace and security.”
“I wish to assure the citizens that with their cooperation and the blessing of the Almighty Allah (SWT) we shall continue to initiate strategies and undertake coordinated operations that are directed at taking the battle to the door steps of the criminal elements. This has been our strategic approach and it has been effective in decimating the bandits, kidnappers and other violent criminals who have been taking advantage of the natural topography of our nation to threaten our security.”
The Inspector General said that at no time had Nigeria requires the dedication, commitment, resilience and professionalism of the police than now. Consequently, even as he charged police strategic managers to continue to provide courageous and knowledge-driven leadership that is required to advance the attainment of the internal security mandate of the Force.
Mohammed Adamu said that the recent incidents of armed banditry, kidnapping and armed robbery most especially in Kaduna, Niger, Kogi, Katsina and Zamfara States have prompted the need for the full and speedy roll-out of the Community Policing strategy across the country.
He said that as conceptualized, formulated, and approved by the Government, the current effort will be citizen-centered and driven by members of each community.
The plan, he said, will involve the setting up of Community Policing Committees (CPCs) at the Ward, Local Government, and State levels including the Federal Capital Territory, adding that the Committees, when inaugurated, are to identify credible and suitable citizens from across each locality for appointment as Special Constables who will serve as Community Policing Officers (CPOs).
“The Committees are also expected to identify the security challenges peculiar to their communities and partner with the local police in formulating plans that would mitigate the challenges. The Community Policing Officers are to deal with and resolve low-level security issues without necessarily resorting to Police Stations unless the issue is of serious legal and security consequences and require police intervention. The idea is to improve the capacity of communities to develop solutions to local security problems working closely with their local police.
“It is our projection that when fully operational, the citizens would be in control of their security with the guidance of the Police and the Community Policing Committees, while the Nigeria Police would then concentrate on the management of violent and other highly organized crimes with a view to pro-actively responding to them in a manner that engender public confidence, trust, and public satisfaction in police service delivery.
“Faced with increasingly sophisticated and enterprising criminal threats, our Community Policing approach recognizes that the Police alone, as a law enforcement agency, does not have the exclusive capacity to solely manage the security threats. Thus, a multi-agency and citizens-driven approach remains the most potent strategy to deal with the current trends of crime.
“The success of the community policing initiative in Nigeria, like in other policing climes, depends largely on the extent to which strategic police managers, particularly, State Commissioners of Police, Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers understand its concept and practice. This conference shall therefore, dwell extensively on exposing senior police officers to the concept and the implementation plan of the Community Policing Strategy.
“In the course of this meeting, therefore, the specific roles of Police managers at various command levels and other strategic actors in the implementation process shall also be clearly delineated. The senior officers here seated shall also be adequately briefed on the modalities for the vetting and certification of personalities that will be members of the Community Policing Committees. This is with a view to ensuring that only credible and suitable persons are appointed into the Committee.