*urges community partnership

By Kingsley Abavo , Benin

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IG, Ibrahim Idris

IG, Ibrahim Idris

Edo State Police Command under the leadership of CP Haliru Gwandu has been commended for satisfactory performance in the fight against crime.

Deputy Inspector General of Police, [DIG] Emmanuel Dagar, Commanding Officer in – charge, South – South zone, Nigeria, also Training and Development, made the commendation Tuesday, last week in Benin, while on official visit to the Command.

Addressing officers and men of the Command, and stakeholders, DIG Dagar stated that the performance of the Command in the fight against crime was satisfactory and commendable especially during the recent Christian Easter festival.

“I have reviewed the crime situation in the South – South region, and discovered that Edo State Police Command have performed very well.

“In the very recent past, most crime have been nipped in the bud, suspects arrested, and cases successfully prosecuted, statistics revealed,” he stated.

He noted that during the recent Easter festival no crime report was recorded in Edo State Police Command.

Dagar urged that the tempo be sustained and improved upon to ensuring everyone in the State and South – South in general sleeps well with two eyes close.

Delivering on qualitative democratic policing

The DIG expressing appreciation for the synergy and assistance provided the Command by stakeholders especially sister security agencies, pointed out that modern day policing is tilted towards achieving qualitative democratic policing for good of the society.

He stressed that when the police deliver qualitative service, the gap between it and the society is narrowed.

Therefore, the police as members of the society must operate as part and parcel of the society, and forge community partnership.

“Since we are part of the community, we operate as members of the community. We operate in consonance with the cooperation of the community, but not apart from the community.”

Police Creed

Dagar in effort to press home his message on officers and men of the Command recapped the police creed which he said has been narrowed to about six points by the Inspector General to make way for effective service.

  1. Police in Nigeria must adhere to international core values of policing with integrity.
  2. Police must ensure that the rule of law prevail in its action and activities.
  3. Police must respect diversity, display courage, show compassion, and demonstrate professionalism in the discharge of its duties.
  4. Police must operate within the principles of democratic policing.
  5. Shun all forms of corruption.
  6. Make Nigeria safer, and more secured than ever.

These, form the operative principle of the police under the administration of IG Ibrahim Idris Kpotum, Dagar disclosed.

He told the officers and men of the Command to lay emphasis on the need to shun all forms of corruption, and embrace the President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government change mantra.

This is as he emphasized the need for discipline in the Nigeria Police adding, that the ethics of the Police must at all times be upheld.

Dagar reiterating the need for the police to deliver qualitative service for the good of society stated, that the commissioners of police have been told to pay attention to visibility policing.

“If anything happens, within five minutes, we place our vehicles at strategic place so that we can respond within 10 minutes with any call that come.

“The Commissioners of Police must also form synergy and collaboration with sister security agencies, and executives to promote cooperation.”

Welfare

The DIG asserted that the Police management has resolved to take serious the welfare of operatives in all areas. Consequently, a total of 34,037 men and officers have been promoted across aboard, he disclosed.

Senior Police Officers:

AIG – DIG: 7

CP – AIG: 27

DC –CP: 40

AC – DCP: 36

CSP – AC: 118

Total;  5, 410.

Inspectors, rank and file:

Sgt – Inspector: 7, 628

Cpl – Sgt : 20, 667

Cpl – 332

Total: 28, 627

In the same vein, provision of housing for members of the Police has received positive attention of its management, Dagar said. According to him, very soon, housing estate will be built in all the general headquarters in the Command.

When completed, it will be sold to officers and men at affordable price to enable all members own a house. This is as the Police cooperative services have been decentralized to zones in the first instance. Thereafter, it will be taken to the Commands to ease the process of withdrawals.

Also, Police retirees are not left out in the renewed welfare package being put in place as the sum of N200m has been set aside by the Police Service Commission as palliative measure for them.