The Imo State Police Command held its Community Policing Sensitization/Awareness Campaign on Thursday, 17th December, 2020 at the Ahiajoku Convention Centre, Owerri.
The Commissioner of Police, Imo State, CP Isaac Akinmoyede, in his opening address said that the idea of Community Policing is to take Policing right to the grassroots in order to involve the natives in the security of the community. He further stated that about two thousand community Policing Special Constables has been recruited, trained and posted back the various communities in the state, which he said will enhance the relationship between the natives and the Police as well as build public trust and confidence.
The guest speaker and chairman of the occasion, DIG Valentine Ntomchukwu (Rtd) whom gave the key note address, appreciated the Inspector General of Police, IGP MOHAMMED ADAMU ABUBAKAR for creating the Community Policing concept.
He then noted that the sensitisation program was aimed at ensuring that the communities partner with the Police, he urged traditional rulers and communities to throw their weight behind the Special Constables and encourage them to work optimally.
He further noted that nature of crime differs based on communities, as such needs community involvement to nip such crimes in the bud, he therefore urge all Imolites to key into the programme to ensure its success.
The former PCRC Chairman, Imo State, Mr. Chima Chukwunyere and the traditional ruler of Amaifeke, Orlu,His Royal Highness Eze G.C Okeke, also re-emphasised the need for community involvement in crime prevention and detection.
In attendance were members of the Imo State Community Policing Advisory Committee, Retired DIGs, AIG’s and CP’s, Heads of Security Agencies in the State, Traditional Rulers, Senior Police Officers, officials of the State Government, other security stakeholders and about Two Thousand (2,000) newly passed-out Batch one Special Constables otherwise known as Supernumerary Police.
SP IKEOKWU GODSON ORLANDO
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE