An Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG Usman Alhassan Belel, of the Force Criminal Investigation Department Annex, Alagbon, Lagos has urged senior police officers of the Lagos Police Command to adopt community based policing strategy in addressing crimes and criminality.
He said conformity to this universal best practices is the best policing strategy any police officer can provide in the communities they are deployed to police.
He asked them to actively partner with the communities or the society that they police.
He urged the senior officers to adopt the approach by partnering with communities, insisting that by doing so, they would be provided with the intelligence required to see where there are problems in the communities.
According to him, “Partnering with the communities that we police, we need information, we need intelligence. If they don’t understand the problems we are passing through, they may not understand why we needed help.”
“When we partner with them, we patrol our areas, we patrol our communities, they would see where the problems are and they may be able to provide the Intel and the help that we require.”
“Our physical presence with the help of community can deter crimes from happening,” the senior officer noted while speaking to officers of the rank and file at a one-day workshop on Stewardship for Lagos Police Command Senior Officers held on Saturday at the Police Officers Mess, Ikeja, GRA, Lagos,
In the same vein, a guest speaker, at the event convened by Apostle Kalu Azu of the Global Rising, Bishop Humphrey Erumaka of the Wordbase Assembly in Okota, admonished the Divisional Police Officers and Area Commanders, to reflect leadership value in the discharge of their duties.
He explained that police officers too need to know all that leadership entails, in order to have a better society.
He urged them to be knowledgeable to address concerns of the public.
He counseled the officers on leadership qualities, stressing that police personnel must be the kind of officers who solve problems, as doing so means adding value to people’s lives.