Lagos Launches Community Policing Programme

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SWITZERLAND, JUNE 03 – The Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday inaugurated the State Community Policing Advisory Committee and its operations arm, the State Community Policing Committee with a view of improving security in the state.

According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, the governor instituted members of the two committees at a ceremony held at the State House in Alausa,

The committees are chaired by Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu, a retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police, AIG, and co-chaired by the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu.

Sanwo-Olu said, “The work that the Police are expected to do becomes more difficult when they are expected to do it alone. No matter how well-resourced or technologically advanced a Police Force might be, there might be no progress without the trust and support of the communities in which they operate. Every citizen has a role to play in ensuring that the security architecture functions optimally.

“We are implementing this policing initiative with the sole objective of creating a platform for citizens’ participation in improving security in our communities.

“Community policing, in its ideal implementation, will take a lot of pressure off the Police Force and allow them to focus their energy and resources where it matters most. It will give citizens and residents a strong sense of participation in governance, and strengthen the social contract between the Government and the governed. A citizen-centric approach to tackling crime and criminality is a big plus for democratic practice and governance.”

Also, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Training at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, David Folawiyo, who represented the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, said the nation had reached a point where the police must interface with community members in maintaining social order.

“It is a bottom-up approach that shifts focus on reactive law enforcement to proactive problem solving,” he said.

The state government believes that this program would set a standard for other states in the country to follow.

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