By Usman Shuaibu
The 1st Divisional Community Policing Committee (DCPC) has been inaugurated in Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Inaugurating the committee at Gwagwalada Police Divisional Headquarters, the police Area Commander in charge of Abaji, Gwagwalada, Kuje and Kwali, ACP Sunday Okoebo, who was represented by SP Hamza Sadiq Musa, said the committee was inaugurated in order to assist the police on the security matters.
Okoebo urged the committee to work in harmony with the policemen to arrest the problem of insecurity facing the people of Gwagwalada and its environs.
In his speech at the occasion, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Gwagwalada Police Divisional Headquarters, CSP Dankwano Wilson, said the community policing was about effective collaboration with the community to achieve the desired services.
His words: “The Nigeria police force in 2004 embraced community policing as a guiding philosophy and approach to police reforms. The philosophy/principle was indeed set for a clear departure from traditional policing that was reactive and incident based, to a problem solving oriented policing, that is proactive with the community as the cornerstone of policing objectives”.
While explaining the community policing, he said: “Community policing is a modern way of policing a democratic society which is positive and result oriented, because of its core values/principles”.
The DPO, however, noted that it is the responsibility of voluntary organizations, transporters, religious and traditional institutions, artisans, schools as well as business tycoons to partner the security agencies for the safety of the citizens.
In an interview, the Special Adviser to the Gwagwalada Chairman on security matters, Hon. Shafii Mahmood Jibir, who represented the chairman, Hon Adamu Mustapha Danze at the occasion, said the administration of the Area Council would continue to work with the security agencies to overcome the security situation in the area.
Meanwhile, the DCPC inauguration received the attendance of the security agencies, traditional rulers, vigilante groups and businessmen among others.