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IG REITERATES IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY POLICING AS ELIZADE VARSITY TRAINS SECURITY OFFICERS IN CRIME PREVENTION

The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris has re-emphasized the importance of community policing and partnership of security agencies with members of the public in the fight against crime in Nigeria. Speaking at the maiden graduation ceremony organized for officers of the Nigeria Police Force who had undergone the Professional Executive Diploma in Crime Prevention and Community Safety awarded by Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State in conjunction with Academy Halogen and the Association of Certified Forensic Intelligence and Crime Analysts (ACFICA), Mr. Idris said that the numerous security challenges faced by the country could be pro-actively tackled with the adoption of community policing and cooperation of members of the public. Represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operation, Lagos State, Mr. Ali Mohammed, the Inspector General of Police stressed that training and re-training of security officers in modern intelligence gathering technics and use of modern security technology would assist the country in its quest to rid the country of criminals. Mr. Ibrahim noted that the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East, Fulani Herdsmen-Farmer crisis in the North-Central, Kidnapping in the South and murder across the country have called for synergy and purposeful working relationship among the security agencies, warning that unhealthy rivalry among them could jeopardize the efforts of the Federal government in securing the lives and property of the citizens. He admonished the graduands to use the knowledge and skills acquired during the training to improve their security service delivery. In his address, the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Theophilus Fadayomi affirmed that the Nigeria Police Force, as the law-enforcing agency, should be in constant touch with the global best practices in its recruitment and retraining exercises, Police-community relations through effective community policing programmes, reduction of community violence, sharing of intelligence within and across security agencies, and the choice of safe weapons to combat conflicts. Prof. Fadayomi, citing the 2017 Crime Incidence Matrix, said that the increasing rate of offences against property, persons and lawful authority was an indication that the present policing strategy is failing and that crime incidences can be reduced with inclusiveness of the community and other stakeholders. While revealing that the prevailing security issues were adequately addressed by the course content of the Professional Executive Diploma awarded to the officers, the Don called on other security agencies to take a cue from the Nigeria Police Force by enrolling their officers and men for the certificate programme. He congratulated the officers on their successful completion of the programme and charged them to put the expertise instilled in them to use in their respective posts. Responding, one of the granduands, CSP Veronica Ameh-Akpa, who spoke on behalf of her colleagues promised to put the knowledge acquired during the training to improve the security situation in the country. She thanked Elizade University, Academy Halogen and the Association of Certified Forensic Intelligence and Crime Analysts for jointly imparting relevant skills in them. She also commended the Inspector General of Police for approving the training. Eighty Eight officers of the Nigeria Police Force were trained in the first batch of the certificate programme.