IG Charges Community Police to shun Bribery and corruption in C’River
By Theresa Ukpong
The Inspector General of Police IGP Mohammed Adamu MPN, MNI has congratulated the passing out special Constables and also charged them to shun all forms of bribery and corruption on the account of their duties.
The Inspector General who was represented by the Assistant Inspector General of Police zone 6 Calabar AIG Zaki Ahmed said the Community policing was established to employ members of all communities to aid the police in their quest to achieve it’s internal security mandate in the country
Addressing the Newsmen during the passing out parade ceremony at the Police Training school, odukpani, Cross River State on Friday, the Inspector General disclossed that increase in crimes and challenges to reck a diverse country like ours gave birth to the Community police
He stated that the community police policy will bring about trust, consent and partnership between the police and the people.
He declared that to achieve a Successful mandate, the security agencies have to see beyond logistics, motivation and consider the importance of returning policing to our distinguish community.
According to the Inspector General,
“This however requires that the Nigerian police should continually engage the citizens in seeking their inputs and soliciting the support of all in addressing these peculiar challenges that affects our divers localities
“It is for this reason that the police management considered the adoption of citizen-driven pathways for the purpose of identifying, dissecting and priotizing security threats as well working together to evolve strategies directed at tackling these threats.
Meanwhile IGP Adamu explained that the community policing committee (CPC’s) membership was drawn from traditional intuitions, religious bodies, youth organizations, market Associations, transport Unions, Artisans hunters, farmers, vigilante groups, hoteliers, social-cultural Associations, retired and serving Security Agents, educational Institutions, etc and the committee was inaugurated earlier this year which led to the selection for the just concluded training.
The duties for the special constables of the Community policing officers according to the Inspector of police includes: crime prevention and detection conflict resolution, intelligence gathering, law and order maintenance to complement the conventional police in patrol of the Public space within your local communities.
“You are also expected to reason and advise the Public on safety measures, security tips, dealing with minor offences and social vices, working with Communities schools, young people, Business, religious and cultural groups, recreational centres and Hospitality outfits towards crime control and assisting in traffic management etc.
“It is expected that your deployment will free up the human and material assets of the Nigerian Police currently tied down to the management of low level crimes and redirect our assets and operations on high profile crimes that constitute major threat to Community safety and security.
“On this note, I formally receive the two hundred and eight-sided (288) of you who have persevered since the commencement of the training on 7th October, 2020. I urge you all to shun Bribery and corruption and be good ambassadors of your families, Communities and the Nigeria Police as a whole.
“As you are all aware, the #ENDSARS Protest and it’s aftermath in the country three weeks ago Left many lessons for security agencies to improve on the performance of their duties and be accountable to the people. You are therefore, expected to lead exemplary lives in the performance of your duties in accordance with the training you have received to avoid disciplinary sanctions and a recurrence of protest.
Also Speaking, one of the beneficiary, Special constables Regina Okon applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for his kind gesture to implement the community policing to aid the Nigerian Police in Investigation of crimes and protection of lives in our Communities.
“I sincerely thank God for a successful passing out parade ceremony, also thank President Buhari and the Inspector General of Police IGP Mohammed Adamu, for implementation of the community policing, we pledge to focus on our duties, we will not let you down.” She said