The State Governor, Alh. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo says Community policing as a strategy of policing which focuses on building ties with members of the community has far reaching potentials to reduce crime in the society.
The Governor was addressing audience at the expanded Critical Stakeholders Forum organized by the Gombe State Police Command at the Police Headquarters in the metropolis.
Represented at the occasion by his Deputy Mr. Charles Yau Iliya, the governor commended the Police for the foresight of constituting the stakeholders forum with emphasis on community orientation, expressing optimism that the idea would contribute immensely to effect policing in the state.
He further explained that sensitizing the general populace on the need to be vigilant proactive and not to be complacent regarding security matters within their environment could achieve internalization of Community Policing principles where citizens are encouraged to own security and complement the efforts of the Security Agencies towards maintainance of law and order in the society.
The Governor called on stakeholders and indeed the general public to continue to support the Nigerian Police and other Security Agencies in their noble efforts at ensuring of lives and properties in the state, ensuring that Government on its part will continue to support security agencies in their effort to stem security challenges facing the nation and ensure peaceful coexistence in the state.
In his remarks, the State Commissioner of Police Mr. Shina Tairu Olukolu explained to the gathering that the expanded Critical Security Stakeholders’ Forum was a strategy for involvement of the general public in the act of policing through sensitizing and educating them on the need for them to contribute their own quota to maintenance of peace and order.
He noted that the already existing relative peace in the state may attract an unprecedented influx or unrepentant insurgents, unreformed criminal elements and itinerant herdsmen, which may eventually heighten the rate of crime, pointing that it was on this backdrop that the need to be proactive to the early warning signals through involvement of communities to reduce the menace.
He appreciated the State Governor, sister security agencies, traditional and religious leaders and all well-meaning citizens for assisting in the provision of peaceful atmosphere for mutual coexistence.
Goodwill messages came from the Commander 301 Artillery Regiment Gombe, Director Department of Security Services Gombe, Chairman Police Community Relations Committee Alh. Wada Abubakar and Director Livestock Gombe State Ministry of Animal Husbandry Mr. David Abubakar as well as representative of Eminent persons Committee Dr. Salihu Umar, among others.
Highlights of the occasion include drama presentation by Kainuwa Dashen Allah drama group.