From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Delta State Governor,Dr Ifeanyi Okowa on Tuesday in Asaba admitted that militancy in the Niger Delta region has significantly abated, but warned that the zone at present faces emerging security threats that require fresh approaches at all costs.
Governor Okowa who confirmed this at South South Regional Police Security meeting with the theme: “ Strategic Partnership for Effective Community Policing in the South South zone held in Asaba, said it was imperative to tackle heightened cases of cultism, small arms and light weapons proliferations, farmers/ herdsmen clashes, kidnapping,sea piracy and sex trafficking that at present dominate the region.
He said that community policing is essentially, a collaboration between the police and the people to identify and nip the problems in the bud before they escalate into full blown security challenges.
He said:” it’s a practical approach to improving the process and platforms that engender peace building, preserve our collective security, enhance the credibility of our Criminal Justice system, and deliver policing services.”
The Governor said that community policing had remained a law enforcement philosophy predicted on the realization that of collective security that is far too serious and important to be left to law enforcement agencies alone.
According to the Governor:” all members of the community are active partners and participants in the effort to guarantee the peace and safety of individuals, communities, cities and nation, and it has been established globally that at least 40percent of crimes are solved based on information supplied by the public, the most critical components for constructing a strategic and effective partnership for community policing is trust between the police and the people they serve.”
He added that “trust is the glue that binds the parties together and foundation that enables problem solving and conflict resolution.”