Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has emphasized the importance of community policing in the fight against crime and mopping up unlicensed firearms in possession of civilians. According to him, community policing also helps in fostering a cordial relationship between the force and the public. He said the concept has helped in creating a platform for the Police to interface with host communities and relevant stakeholders for collective solutions to security challenges.
The IGP said this while speaking at the graduation of the participants of the Tactical Leadership and Command Course at the Police Staff College, Jos, Plateau State at the weekend.
According to him, community policing gives ownership to the citizens and solves a host of other problems, including reconciliation of communities and groups as well as identification of criminal elements within them.
He further noted that the initiative builds trust and guarantees free flow of information for police’s seamless operations and education of the public on prompt report of suspicious movements, strange persons in and around their communities as well as respect for existing laws.
He pledged that the force would sustain its pro-active crime-fighting strategies to check collateral damage and avoidable bloodletting in parts of the country.
Idris said: “Specialised units and new police formations are being created to handle and check serious crimes in areas where they are prevalent.”