Com­mu­nity polic­ing is about know­ing your neigh­bours-Garba

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE - By Aus­tine Odo & Seun Adeuyi

Re­tired Capt. Aliyu Garba (Bar­den Bwari) is a com­mu­nity leader in Kubwa and the Grand Pa­tron, Po­lice Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee in the FCT. He speaks with on com­mu­nity polic­ing and ac­tiv­i­ties of Okada op­er­a­tors. to re­main in one par­tic­u­lar place as long as pos­si­ble.

The DPO should only be re­moved when he is due for retirement or is pro­moted, and he is to go for other as­sign­ment. But oth­er­wise, noth­ing is wrong keep­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer work­ing in a par­tic­u­lar com­mu­nity.

Don’t you think if a po­lice of­fi­cer get so es­tab­lished or fa­mil­iar to a par­tic­u­lar area, such fa­mil­iar­ity is likely to un­der­mine his func­tions and he could com­pro­mise?

No, it could only be a dis­ad­van­tage if the po­lice author­i­ties are not liv­ing up to their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

Why I say this is be­cause if the po­lice are well catered for and every­thing is given to them as at when due, no po­lice­man would take N20 from a mo­tor­cy­cle op­er­a­tor or a taxi driver. First of all, the gov­ern­ment should re­al­ize that the po­lice are the main point of in­ter­nal se­cu­rity.

There­fore, the gov­ern­ment must re­view their salaries and wel­fare be­cause they de­serve noth­ing but the best, if you want them to serve well.

Alot has been said about com­mu­nity polic­ing, how well do you think it is be­ing prac­ticed in Kubwa?

The po­lice al­ways em­pha­size on this is­sue of com­mu­nity polic­ing, but at the same time the po­lice hi­er­ar­chy con­tra­dicts what they say be­cause they hardly put it into prac­tice.

Why I say this is be­cause when­ever a new IGP comes, within the first and sec­ond months of his as­sump­tion of duty, he would reshuf­fle all the com­mis­sion­ers of po­lice from one state to an­other, as well as the AIGs in charge of zones. He re­de­ploys them and changes their places of work.

Im­me­di­ately they get there within the first and sec­ond month, they reshuf­fle all the DPOs. Now, my con­cern here is, they al­ways em­pha­size and talk about com­mu­nity polic­ing but they con­tra­dict it. What I un­der­stand about com­mu­nity polic­ing is to al­low the po­lice per­son­nel from the Con­sta­ble up to In­spec­tor, and upto the DPO

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