Community police best option to curbed crime ― IGP
Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has stated that establishing state police would be counterproductive to the nation, instead, Nigerians should advocates for the option of community police to help curbed crime and criminal activities in the society.
The IGP stated this on Friday at the Police PROs conference held in Agulu, Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra state.
According to him, the only way to go was the community policing,where everybody is carried along for policing the county.
“Some people are calling for state police, but that will be counterproductive. What we need is the community police ” he said.
The IGP urged the police image-makers not only to concentrate on reacting to every story against the police but on building relationships with various segments of the society.
He also stated that the success of community policing depends on the way the police PROs relate with the people in various communities.
“As police PROs, you are supposed to defend the police image, but you must not be reacting to everything people write about the police because when you react, you maybe be aggravating the situation. If some people want to get information from you and they failed, they will come up with stories to force you to open up and if you did not react they will be disappointed “he said.
He said the PPROs should extend the public relations activities to communities, reaching out to the youths and the people on the need for community policing.
“You must be going into the communities and speak to the youths and the people for the success of community policing. Use your office to educate the youths on the negative side of cultism, drugs abuse and other anti-social activities” he stated.
He said, the jobs of PPROs include helping the nation’s to succeed in community policing and national cohesion.
Shortly after the closing ceremony, the IGP moved down to Dr Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, where he joined the state governor, Willie Obiano in the inauguration of 111 vehicles, 65 motorbikes and other security gadgets including two vehicles for the Nigeria Red cross, that we help security agencies in the state to fight crime.