By Rasheeda Makinde

Nigeria Police Force, NPF, says proactive policing will optimally work as an early warning signal at preventing crime and criminality before it escalates into crises. 

 Deputy Inspector General of Police in Charge of Southwest Zone, Mr Abiodun Alabi stated this during a courtesy visit to the Oyo State Police Command, Eleyele Ibadan.

 He said the visit became imperative in compliance with the directive from the Inspector General of Police to enhance the performance of officers and men through interface and interaction as well as discussing challenges and success of Police in the Southwest Zone.

 He called on officers to always interact and work closely with some actors like community leaders, religious and traditional leaders in order to earn their trust. 

 Mr Alabi explained that community policing was one of the key factors that serve as early warning signal which always prevent criminality before it escalated through a robust relationship with members of the public as they are closer to the grassroots. 

 He noted that members of the public in their various capacities are capable of having useful informations on how to police their environments optimally. 

 The DIG, however, warned officers and men of the command to always crime map their areas in knowing the type of crime and criminality that are peculiar with it, and this could only be successful through a cordial relationship between the police and members of the community. 

 The relationship between police and other sister agencies has also work perfectly for all the security agencies at nipping crime in the bud.

 He also appreciated the efforts of Police Community Relations Committee, PCRC for a job well done in bridging the gap between the police and members of the public.

 He commended the efforts of gallant officers of the command and encouraged them to redouble their energy and be professional while discharging their civic responsibilities. He also cautioned them to always respect people fundamental human rights in other to earn their trust for a collaborative relationship in policing.

 Earlier, in his address of welcome, the Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr Adebola Hamzat said the visit of the DIG was a right peg in the right hole for the command at the moment.

 The police commissioner, who spoke through the Deputy Commissioner of Police Administration, Mr Muhammad Adamu appreciated the inspector general of police for releasing the DIG to Oyo state in a visit that would impact maximum knowledge on officers and men of the command.

 Some of the community, religious and traditional leaders who graced the occasion appreciated the meeting and promised to relay the message to their people in order to collectively wage war against insecurity bedeviling the nation.

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