Ibadan, May 8,2019 The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Zone XI, Mr Leye Oyebade, has advised officers in the zone to embrace community policing to enhance effective and quality service delivery.
Oyebade gave the advice on Wednesday in Ibadan during his familiarization tour to Oyo State.
He said that the vision and mission in the zone were in sync with the overall vision of the Force.
He said that the command expected all police officers in the area to adopt problem-solving, community partnership and organisational transformation as essential elements in community policing.
Oyebade explained that approach emphasised intelligence-gathering, inter-agency collaboration and public-partnership.
“As you are aware, community policing is part of the policy thrust of the Inspector-General of Police and we must collectively imbibe it for quality service delivery.
“Officers and men must, therefore, acquaint themselves with the general environment of where they are deployed to serve.
“You must reassure the populace, allay their fears and win confidence of the people and intensify visibility policing through intensive `stop-and-search’ to address heinous crimes to keep the society safer and more secure,” he said.
The AIG announced that the IGP had approved the establishment of zonal security stakeholders’ forum, consisting of critical stakeholders.
According to him, the adoption of the forum will encourage preventive policing rather than the traditional reactive policing, and this will enhance quick response to distress calls.
He said that to make the forum successful, the command had crime-mapped the zone to indicate which crime was prevalent and where, to enable the development of appropriate strategies to nip such in the bud.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Shina Olukolu, had said that the command recorded successes in tackling security challenges in the state, with the support of officers, government and the public.
Olukolu said the command currently faced challenges of inadequate manpower due to promotion, shortage of patrol vehicles, arms and ammunition, among others.
In his remark, Mr Segun Abolarinwa, Senior Special Assistant on Security to Gov. Abiola Ajimobi, pledged the continuous support of the state government to the command.
Abolarinwa said that the state would provide bullet-proof vests and walkie-talkie to the recently created “Operation Puff Addder” in the state.
Representatives of Miyetti Allah, traditional rulers, road transport workers and other stakeholders commended the police and pledged support to reduce crime in the state.