CP calls for co-operation of residents in building vibrant community-policing framework

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Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Mohammed Danmallam, has called for the co-operation of all residents in the state in order to
build a vibrant and result-oriented community-policing framework.

Danmallam said this at a Community Safety Partnership Meeting with
residents of Enugu metropolis at the Central Police Station, Enugu
yesterday.

The meeting was organised by Enugu State Police Command in partnership
with the Nigeria Policing Programme (NPP).

The commissioner represented by Assistant Commissioner of Police
in-charge of Finance and Administration, Mr Oliver Amechi, emphasised
on the need for a well-built and effective community safety
partnership.

Danmallam, who drew lessons from Isokoko Division in Lagos State where
community policing operated when he was the Divisional Police Officer,
maintained that community safety partnership involved all relevant
stakeholders.

“A good and vibrant community-policing framework also involves police
personnel working in synergy with other sister security agencies,’’ he
said.

Earlier, the Chairman of Enugu North Local Government Area, Chief Emma
Onoh, thanked the command for its continuous effort towards
actualising safety and security of the environment.

Onoh also assured that his council would continue to partner the
command to achieve its mandate of robust community policing programme.

In his remark, the Team Lead of the NPP in Enugu State, Mr Solomon
Akpanufot, said that the NPP would continue to support national
policing to respond to local or community policing needs.

“The Central Police Station, Enugu is the pilot division of the NPP in
the state while Enugu State is one of the four pilot states in the
country for the programme.

“Today’s programme will witness the formal inauguration of the
community safety officers and their linkages,’’ Akpanufot said.

Dr Chris Ugwu, who spoke on the topic “Linkages between Community and
Community Policing Safety Partnership’’, said that security and safety
of lives and property had been always tied together with the progress
in any community.

Also, an Enugu-based activist, Mr Larry Oguego, delivered a lecture
titled: “Community Safety Partnership and Police Accountability at
Divisional Level’’.

The Divisional Police Officer in-charge of Central Police Station,
Enugu, CSP Ambrose Okey, also delivered a lecture on “Police Community
Relations in Central Police Station: Issues, Challenges and Agenda for
Action’’.

The highlights of event were election of executive council of
Community Safety Partnership, administration of oath of office and
presentation of terms of reference to new executive members by the
Divisional Police Officer in-charge of Central Police Station.

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