Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia on Monday inaugurated a Crime Prevention and Management System (CPAMS), as part of government’s efforts to improve policing and effectively tackle criminality in the state.
Speaking at the event in Umuahia, Ikpeazu said that the initiative was introduced to provide solution to issues of criminality in Abia.
He described CPAMS as a programme that offered a platform for digitally transferable information for effective policing.
The governor said that the Nigeria Police had an arduous task of tackling crime, adding that the system was structured to provide a better way of identifying criminals.
He said that the system would promote proactive policing by placing security agents “a step ahead of criminals”.
“I am happy that with this; every criminal can be profiled with information about the crime they committed and the crime scene.
“The information would be stored in a digital database and would be made available to various police formations across the state.
“This will also enable the police to extract information from suspects with ease and without coercion,” he said.
Ikpeazu said that another advantage of the system was the aspect of community participation, as the citizens could report crime through the CPAMS mobile app.
The governor, therefore, called on the citizens to be part of the movement for effective policing for improved security.
He reiterated the state government’s determination to make Abia the safest state in the country, while creating the right environment for the promotion of its socio-economic development.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Homeland Security, Mr Dan Okoli, said that the ministry was working, in line with the state government’s agenda, to bring the crime level in the state to zero.
Okoli expressed delight over the government’s approval for the recruitment of 486 youths in the ministry.
The Commissioner of Police in Abia, Janet Agbede, said that the adoption modern security systems had become necessary, in view of the dynamism in criminality across the nation.
Agbede described the initiative as noble and in tandem with the vision of the Nigeria Police to advance the frontiers of community policing across the country.
According to her, with effective implementation of the new security system, crime in the state will soon be a thing of the past.
The Coordinator of CPAMS, Mr Endi Ezengwa, said the programme was designed to launch a 21st Century system of crime detection and prevention platform in the state.
He appealed for the support of all stakeholders in ensuring the success and effective deployment of the programme in the state.
A major highlight of the event was a demonstration of the operation of the system by the CPAMS team, which comprise the police and operatives of Homeland Security Watch.