Kogi state govt begins implementation of community policing

Kogi state govt begins implementation of community policing

- Kogi state has commenced community policing initiatives in the state

- The government has inaugurated its State Community Policing Advisory Committee and State Community Policing Committee

- Community policing demands that police departments reform their relationship with local communities

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The Kogi state government has formally commenced community policing in the state.

This follows the inauguration of the State Community Policing Advisory Committee (SCPC) and the State Community Policing Committee (SCPC) simultaneously on Monday, June 15.

The committees were inaugurated by the governor of the state, Alhaji Yahaya Bello who was represented by his deputy, Chief Edward Onoja.

Kogi state govt begins implementation of community policing
Governor Bello was represented at the event by his deputy, Chief Edward Onoja. Photo credit: Insidestoryng.com
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The governor applauded the courage and foresight of President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the country implements the policy under his government after many years of the issue dominating public discussions.

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He said the policy was another testimony of the love the president has for the country and its people, and commitment to ensuring the issue of security lapses in Nigeria was addressed.

He said the importance of the policy cannot be underplayed in view of crimes being committed in society by individuals within societies inhabited by fellow human beings.

He expressed his readiness to continue to ensure the security of lives and property of the people of Kogi state and would partner all security agencies.

On the composition of members, Governor Bello stated that it was all-encompassing and would further strengthen the efforts being put in place to arrest those behind recent criminal activities in the state.

The committee is to meet at least once a month (and can convene an emergency meeting as the need arises) with all the local government chairmen and Divisional Police Officers in the state in attendance.

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It is also expected to convene a general meeting at the end of every quarter to review the community policing activities in the local government areas and to develop or unveil new approaches to community policing based on challenges, success stories and need.

The committee comprises a representative of the commissioner of Police of DCP rank, a traditional ruler, representative of Police community Relations Police (PCRC and one representative each from the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

Additionally, a representative of Civil Society Organizations, a representative of Labour Union, a representative of National Council of Women Society, a representative of National Youth Council of Nigeria, a representative of People Living with Disabilities, and one representative from the Nigerian Bar Association.

Community policing is fast becoming a global trend, especially in the 21st century. But community policing is neither foreign nor new to Africa, because long before European colonialism in Africa, the traditional African political societies had been policing and securing themselves.

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The European colonialism supplanted African model of community policing with colonial police who alienated the people.

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Last year, IGP Adamu stated that the community policing initiative will complement Nigeria police efforts in combating crimes and issues bothering on the activities of bandits, terrorists, kidnappers and militants.

Adamu said this shortly after the submission of report by the committee on the Implementation Strategies on Strengthening Internal Security Framework and Community Policing in Nigeria on Friday, September 13, in Abuja.

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