Police unveil community security scheme in Ondo
CP says there won’t be conflict with Amotekun
To ensure effective security of lives and property, Ondo State Police Command has unveiled the architecture of the new Federal Government policy on community policing, saying it is a mutual partnership with the people.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Undie Adie, stated this yesterday at a stakeholders’ meeting with traditional rulers, clergymen, youths, para-military and other groups across the 18 local councils of the state.
Meanwhile, some people had expressed fears that the new community policing policy of the Federal Government would undermine the South-West security network, code-named Operation Amotekun.
Adie said: “It is a policy that the Federal Government wants the community to know that they are the owners of their security to ensure adequate safety of lives and property.”
He expressed fears that security of lives and property should not be left solely in the hands of people without organised structure and identifying gross abuse of power by the people.
Nonetheless, he noted that the police could not work effectively to ensure the security of lives and property, emphasising the need to partner the community.
The CP said that the command would soon recruit “special constables,” who will be operatives of the new community policing architecture and to complement the efforts of the command.
He added that there would be community policy advisory committee from the state command level to division level, which will employ the services of highly-respected and trusted individuals for the recruitment and monitoring of the special constables in their areas.
The commissioner, who further stated that it was a volunteering exercise to rid the society of crime, however, said that the police would provide all the logistics and urged the people to see it as a call to duty to serve their community.
Adie, who spoke on the supposed conflict of interest between the Federal Government’s new initiative and Amotekun, said: “There will be no conflict of interest between community policing and Amotekun.
“Amotekun, as it is being fashioned, is within the ambit of the law. I can tell you that we shall partner too when it starts operation and we will work hand in hand.”