Police commence training of community police personnel in Bayelsa
From Amos Odeh, Yenogoa
In order to curb crimes and criminality in the Niger Delta communities, the Nigerian Police force has trained about one hundred and six community folks to help the police in tackling insecurity in the region.
Speaking on Wednesday in Yenagoa during a community policing sensitization awareness campaign organised for the new trainees, the Bayelsa state commissioner of police Mike Okoli said the trainees will be posted back to their various local governments.
The CP said ” All together, we have 106 trained community police personnel. It was not only Bayelsa contingent that we trained. Delta, Edo and other states were trained. We have to take the capacity that the institution can take. The first batch of 106 have been trained. The training will continue.
“The directive is that they have to be posted to their localities and local government so that they will drive the concept of community policing.
The recruitment process was open and transparent emphasis was on those that have been vilitantee . Those who have been working with the police in the vilitantee service who have experience in policing as time goes on more people will be recruited on voluntary basis.
Speaking earlier, Bayelsa state governor Douye Diri represented by the secretary to the state government Kombowei Friday Benson stated that government’s first point of duty was to secure lives and properties adding that it cannot be over emphasized.
He said ” The governmnent is aware of the fact and we have been giving support to all the security agencies to make sure that security challenges are tackled not only in Yenagoa metropolis but in all the communities.
He however knocked some of the bad eggs in the Nigerian Police force whom he called crimes manufacturers.
He added that “A policeman is supposed to be of good behavior. In that case, nobody will want them to be killed. The community people should respect the police also.
He added that ” We need to pray for our police force for God to help them.
In his lecture, Deputy Inspector General of Police retired, Sotonye Wakama disclosed that community policing involves three components which are patnership, problem solving, organizational transformation.
He added that the new community police personnel will help in giving information to the police to do their work.
Wakama said “It is an equal relationship. They listen to us, we listen to them. It is a partnership relationship.