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PCRC sensitises  students on police roles in society

By Bankole Orimisan
18 July 2022   |   2:00 am
The Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) of the Area F Command has sensitised students in Lagos State public schools on police’s duty in the society.

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The Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) of the Area F Command has sensitised students in Lagos State public schools on police’s duty in the society.

   
The programme organised by the Area F Command with the theme: “The Police and The People”, was packaged to educate students of public secondary schools on Nigeria Police’s role in community policing.
   
Over six secondary schools within the jurisdiction of Area F Command were selected for the programme. Speaking at the event, Lagos State Commissioner of Police,  Abiodun Alabi, identified lack of public trust as a major  hindrance in community policing.
  
He said there is no love lost between the people, the public and the police, owing to the negative reputation the police have created for itself.
   
Areas of conflict are always around, extra judicial killings, brutality, extortion, unlawful detention, infringement on human rights, dabbling in civil matters, incivility to members of the public and unprofessional conduct while on stop and search duties, he said, were obvious breeders of numerous distrust, which has stigmatised the force.
    
The CP, who was represented by Mrs. Mary Ayim, an Assistant Commissioner of Police Administration, at the State Command, said poor funding, lack of logistics, lack of training, obsolete infrastructure, equipment, undue influence by powerful as  well as poor remuneration are affecting the police to gain the public’s trust.
 
Ayim  said the ills of the system have produced half-baked officers who were flocking the force.
   
She advised  the public against involvement in  any form of confrontation with an armed police officer, saying they should rather report  any misdemeanor  to the nearest police command for action.

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