Funke Busari, Lagos
The police authority in Lagos State has warned the newly trained Community Policing Special constables to desist from any act that is illegal and detrimental to the image of the police and capable of jeopardising the purpose for which Community Policing was established.
The warning was issued during the deployment exercise of the special constables to the 110 Divisional Police headquarters across Lagos State held at the Command headquarters, GRA, Ikeja on Monday.
A statement made available to CASEFILE by the Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi said the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has addressed the newly trained Community Policing Special constables drawn from all the Local Government Councils in the state on the ethics and Standard Operating Procedure of the Community Policing Project.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, emphasised on their approved duties to complement the police including intelligence gathering, traffic control, joint patrol with the police and any other duties that their DPOs might deem necessary to providing security for lives and property.
Warning the constables, CP Odumosu read out riot acts to them on the “dos” and “donts” of the police.
He reminded them that they are no longer raw civilians but refined and trained individuals who are liable and responsible for their actions and inactions as they will be treated according to the provisions of the Nigeria Police Act and Regulations.
The police boss admonished them to shun misuse of power, extortion, abuse of office, violation of human rights and any inappropriate behaviours contrary to the provisions of the extant laws of the Country.
He however appealed to the general public to extend supports to the special constables who are to assist in providing adequate security for all and sundry in the state.
He also urged them to report any illegal and/or inappropriate acts of the Special constables to the command for necessary action.
Shortly after the deployment, Odumosu held a security meeting with Area Commanders, DPOs and HODs at the POWA Hall, Oduduwa, Ikeja, to review and improve on the general security network in the state where he also intimated them of the deployment of the Special constables and their duties in their various formations, as well as charged them to supervise the men and work towards having better policing of their areas and the state at large.
He didn’t mince words on the Command’s zero tolerance for violation of COVID-19 protocols and ordered due enforcement of all COVID-19 protocols and other laws in Lagos State.