The Programme Manager of CLEEN Foundation, Ruth Olofin has called for adequate resources in the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) to enable them discharge their duties diligently in the area of community policing. She said it was very necessary because community policing is very critical across the country.
Ruth who noted this at the just concluded meeting of FCT command community policing unit in Abuja with theme: The police need the community, the community needs the police in collaboration with CLEEN and FORD foundation. She said the police community is about being civil to the people in the community and changing strategies to policing the community.According to Olofin, the Police need to change their focus on how to police the people adding that the approach the people have had so far on community policing is not encouraging. She urged them to set a standard model policing thereby putting the people at the centre of policing. Olofin said the approach should be about recognizing the fact that somebody or a community is in distress.\She further urged them to look at how to gain the trust of the people adding that the police should proactively reach out to the people .Also, an officer from the Public Complaint Bureau, CSP El-Mustapha Sani said the schedule of the office is to ensure that the police officers do their work diligently. He further explained that the office monitors the activities of the police officers and gives them the opportunity to report any police officer that default while discharging their responsibilities.
“We have a check and balance system whereby all actions and inaction of a police officer is being checked and reported to the office . The Public Complaint Bureau is cut across the 36 states including the FCT,” he said.