By Thomas Abirhire

 

CP Ali addressing Ughelli monarch during the visit.

Delta State Police Command has begun adopting the concept of community policing with a view to curbing criminal activities in the State.

This was disclosed by the new Commissioner of Police, Mohamed Ali Ari while addressing the Ovie of Ughelli, HRM Wilson Ojakovo Oharisi 111,and traditional chiefs at the king’s palace during a working visit and first call to the kingdom since he assumed duty as CP of the state.

He also disclosed that he has put in place modalities towards boosting the morale of its personnel, improving their performance and also building public confidence towards the police, with a view to getting credible information that will aid policing.

According to him, “The concept of community policing as adopted by the Inspector-General of Police is being injected in policing the state.

“Strategic stakeholders are carried along to play security advisory roles, support of the people is critical for effective policing of its community.

“To bridge the gap created by the shortage of manpower, the command is liaising with vigilante groups in policing the state,” he said.

He admitted that the command is faced with various major crimes, including kidnapping, armed robbery and cultism, and assured that there were plans to secure the lives and properties of people in the state.

“The Command devised several security strategies to prevent crime and ensure a secure, safe and stable environment for economic progress and social interaction.

“The command adopted due diligence system of administration, robust tactical operations, and ensured that cases are properly investigated and prosecuted,” he added.

To effectively check activities of kidnappers in the state, the CP said anticrime patrols and raid operations around identified black spots, as well as, bush combing patrols are ongoing in the state.

“The command has started and will continue to work towards boosting the morale of its personnel, improving their performances and building public confidence towards the police with a view to getting credible information that will aid policing.

Mohamed said his command will need the “cooperation and assistance to be given his command by the Delta state government under the leadership of Governor Okowa, to provide logistic ,supports,  and patrol vans,” which he said will be helpful.

He, however, charged all members of the public, landlords, agents, traditional rulers, park operators and opinion leaders to be sensitive and responsive to new faces seen within their community.