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Community policing irreversible, says IGP Akali Baba

Anthony Iwuoma

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Usman Baba, has reiterated that the arrangements for the community policing system is a settled issue that cannot be reversed.

He said the system is meant to checkmate criminality at local levels.

Speaking at the 11th edition of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) forum in Abuja, the IGP added that in be this regard, the police training curriculum has been upgraded to impart requisite knowledge for executing responsibilities in accordance with the principle of community-oriented policing.

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Baba, who was represented by Johnson Kokumo,  the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Force Criminal Investigation Department, said: “Over the years, crimes and criminality have adopted a fluid nature. There was a time when society and members of the community, on their own volition, would arrest criminals in their locales and hand them over to the Police for onward prosecution and sanctions.

“However, with time, society became more and more complicit in covering up criminals amongst them and even offering protection for them against the law enforcers.

“This reality created an urgent need to domesticate the principles of modern policing as advocated for by the revered Sir Robert Peel as early as 1829.”

He added that the police would activate such platforms as the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB), the Complaint Response Unit (CRU),etc.,a which has the capacity to receive complaints online via social media platforms that can be used for complaints, among others, necessary for building police/citizen trust which is essential  for effective community policing.