From Okwe Obi, Abuja
The Police Force and International Alert have charged citizens to own the fight against criminality by providing timely intelligence and offer assistance to officers in distress.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Training, Frank Mba, made the appeal at a national stakeholders retreat on policing in the country, yesterday in Abuja.
Represented by AIG Training and Development, Yetunde Longe, noted that without the support from the public, the battle to reduce crime would be a herculean task.
According to him, the 2020 Police Act, has provided a framework in which law enforcement agencies can effectively operate within the boundary of transparency, accountability and community engagement.
“By working together, we can create safer neighborhoods, build stronger relationships, and address the root causes of crime and insecurity.
“Your expertise, insights, and feedback are invaluable as we strive to enhance the effectiveness and responsiveness of our policing efforts.
“I encourage each of you to actively participate, share your perspectives, and engage in constructive dialogue throughout our discussions.
“Together, we can drive meaningful change, strengthen police-community relations, and build a safer, more inclusive society for all,”he said
Also, Country Director of International Alert, Dr Paul Nyulaku-Bemshima, said the retreat was aimed at weaving ideas on how strengthen the community policing.
Nyulaku-Bemshima said “Thus, our collective vision must extend beyond conventional boundaries, encompassing principles of equity, justice, and inclusivity.
“The Police Act 2020 serves as both a catalyst and a compass in our journey towards reform.
“It heralds an era of accountability, professionalism, and community engagement within law enforcement agencies.
“However, its full realisation hinges upon the concerted efforts of all stakeholders, the Police, academia, civil society organisations, and our invaluable development partners.