- The presidency has announced a new community policing initiative
- No fewer than 40,000 people are expected to be employed in the first phase
- The community police will serve as liaison between the police and their communities
The President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government has announced plans to establish a Community Policing Initiative which will see 40,000 people recruited across the 774 local government areas of the country.
In a series of tweets on Thursday, August 1, the presidency explained that under the guidance of the police, the community police officers will be assigned to states of their residence.
With an initial recruitment of 40,000 officers, the community police will be expected to act as liaison between the police and their communities.
Additionally, 1,300 community police will also be drawn from religious bodies, trade union, youth organisation, women group among others.
Recall that President Buhari during his meeting with monarchs from southwest on Wednesday, July 31, revealed his plans to curb insecurity in the nation.
Buhari, among other things according to a thread on his twitter page, said that his administration intends on installing Close Circuit Televisions (CCTVs) on highways. He said that the installation will be done at strategic locations so that activities in those locations can be closely monitored.
The president said the reason for the monitoring is so that activities in those areas can be acted upon immediately should anything go amiss.
Buhari also added that he will issue directives to the appropriate quarters so that licenses can be given to states asking for the use of drones to monitor their forests and other criminal hideouts. He said that there will be a continuation of military operations whenever the security situation calls for it.
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