The newly device strategy aimed at bringing crime to its barest minimum known as community policing that was launched recently by the inspector general of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu in Abuja has commenced full implementation in Lagos state police command with a start-up structure at Area commands, local governments and Police Divisional levels across the state.
A statement coming from Lagos state police public relation officer Dsp Bala Elkana said the inauguration of community policing commenced in the presence of the Assistant Inspector General of police in charge of zone Two police command AIG Ahmed illyasu and that which was inaugurated simultaneously across the 14 area commands.
The assistant inspector general of police in charge of zone represented the inspector general of police while the Lagos state commissioner of police, cp Hakeem Odumosu was ably present at the event.
Elkana said the committees inaugurated are; Area command community policing Advisory committees and Divisional community policing committee.
He said the committee is responsible for driving the community policing policies and strategies approved by the federal government of Nigeria and championed by the Nigerian police under the leadership of the inspector general of police, igp Mohammed Adamu Abubakar.
Community policing is both a philosophy and an organizational strategy that allows the police and community to work closely together in creative ways to solve the problem of crime, illicit drugs fear of crime and social disorder.
Elkana said community policing model being envisioned for Nigeria is one that draws on the legal opportunities provided by the police Act for the engagements of special constables who will serve as community policing officers under the coordination of the Nigeria police.
Under the police Act, a special constable is auxiliary police or part-time law-enforcement officer who is specifically appointed to complement the conventional police in crimes managements.
He said the plan as approved by the federal government is leveraging on these statutory provisions to recruit special constables from within the communities, train and kit them and deploy them as community police officers to drive the community policing initiatives at the grassroots.
The requirement for appointment of the special constables that will serve as community policing officers are contained in section 50 of the Police Act, as it provides that, the competent authority may appoint as a special constable any person whether male or female (a) who has attained the age of 21 years but has not attend the age of 50years and (b) is of good character and physically fit (c) must reside within the community.
He said details concerning the recruitment will be announced soon.