The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, on Friday enjoined 463 trained Special Constables to build good relations with their host communities to aid efforts to address security threats in the society.
Adamu gave the directive at the passing-out parade of the first batch of Special Constabulary at the Police Training School, Minna.
Represented by Hosea Karma, the AIG of Zone 7, Abuja, Adamu described the recruitment, training and passing-out parade of the officers as a bold step by the police force to tackle security threats in the society, in partnership with host communities.
“Community policing is a global model which is problem solving by emphasising the imperatives of partnering with communities, in addressing the causes of crime and reducing fears of insecurity in the society.
“You are, therefore, charged, as you pass out and will be deployed, to work with respective divisions and be professional in the discharge of your duties,” he said.
The Niger State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Ketsu, urged the special constables to work with traditional and community leaders, in dealing with perceptible security threats in the state.
“You are to make the society better by coming out with reliable intelligence that could pave way for arrest and prosecution of bad elements in the society,’’ he said.