The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, on Friday said the only means by which crime can be fought in the state is with adequate co-operation from the citizens.
He also sought the cooperation of other
security personnel in the state in achieving a crime free society through the community policing.
According to him, community policing system would allow the citizens to play major roles in the policy making, as well as helping in reducing the crime rate in the society.
“Community policing will require the police involving the community in deciding policing priorities and also to promote transparency and honesty,” he said.
Muazu made this call during a Stakeholders Security Meeting And Community Policing with the theme “Policing The Community By The Community” hosted by the Area Commander, Area F in Lagos.
Mauzu said the meeting was to deliberate on how to ensure active partnership between the Police and the community in providing quality service to the people.
The CP further added that part of the values of the community policing is that the police must respect and protects the rights of the citizens through demonstrable commitment in delivering best quality at all time.
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He also noted that citizens who are with genuine sense of grievance against the police will have effective redress because the police are answerable to whatever they do , therefore all officers are admonished to conform with the rule of law.
Also, speaking at the stakeholders meeting, human rights activist, Dr. Joe Odumakin said the police has not gained the support from the community to effectively hold grassroots, instead they have been victims of hostile reactions.
She noted that Community policing will improve police support. While she admonished the citizen on the need to support police so as to achieve great collaboration with them.
“Cooperating with the police will help them solve crimes, and protects the community with less use of arms. She however calls for support for the police so that security must prevail.
Earlier, the Area F Commander , Assistant Commissioner Of Police , ACP Akinbayo Olasoji in his welcome address said the gathering is to find a lasting solution to curbing the rising crime in the state in the area of cultism, kidnapping, and youthful exuberance.
“The police cannot do it alone, therefore we seek the support of the and corporation of the community to fight crime in our society,” he said.
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