By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Delta Government on Wednesday presented 378 Special Constabularies who recently graduated from training to the people of the state as part of efforts towards establishing community policing in the state.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa made the presentation at the Community Policing Sensitisation Awareness Campaign held at the Events Centre Asaba.
He said that with the overwhelming increase in crime rate, the approach to community policing has become inevitable.
Represented by Secretary to the State Government, Chiedu Ebie, Governor Okowa urged the Special Constabularies to see their engagement as a clarion call to serve their communities.
According to him, Today’s sensitization/awareness campaign is underscored by the need to bring to the fore the roles and duties of the 378 (three hundred and seventy-eight) newly trained Special Constabularies, who will be deployed to their various Local Communities in the State, where invariably they would cultivate closer ties and affinity with community leaders and hopefully ensure the security of citizens at the local level.
“You will recall that not too long ago, this same venue played host to Leaders of the South-South Region, the IGP and the Police
high command in the form of a town hall meeting and interactive session where in issues of security were extensively discussed and
the IGP rolled out his plans on the concept of community policing in the face of rising insecurity and crime.
“I am glad that today, the issue of community policing has progressed from mere thoughts into a reality recruitment and training of over 10,000 Constabularies Nationwide and I must commend the IGP, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu on this feat.
“Clearly, the evolution of Community Policing in Nigeria places a demand on the police to better appreciate the needs of citizens,who expectedly look forward to a more trustworthy relationship with them.
“I therefore urge all the newly recruited Special Constabularies to see their task as one that places a responsibility of trust and service.
“In understanding the sociology of crime in our society, it is apparent that criminal activities are initiated mostly at the local level and as such your deployment to your various localities of origin to serve would ensure that the Police becomes part of the neighbourhood.”