The Kwara State Commisioner of Police, Olusola Amore has called on traditional rulers and communities to key into the community policing policy towards ensuring a crime free state.
He made the call during his tour of Kaiama and Baruten Local Government Areas of the state last Monday.
The tour was part of efforts at enlisting support of the public in crime prevention.
The communities visited were Kosubosu, Okuta, Ilesha Baruba and Kaiama.
During the tour, he assessed the level of compliance by his men to all the directives as regards policy trust of the Inspector General of Police and cooperation with all relevant stakeholders.
Addressing officers and men of the Area Command at both Kosubosu and Kaiama, Amore stressed that community policing is the pivot upon which his security strategy is rooted.
He advised that , “multi agency collaboration, mutual confidence, respect to the rule of law and rules of engagement, alternative dispute resolution(ADR), accessibility and accountability of service, total abhorrence to vices, extortion, indiscipline, and drunkenness should be avoided like a leprosy by policemen.”
During his visit to Baruten and Kaiama Local Government Secretariats, the CP commended the TIC chairmen and principal staff of the local governments for the support and cooperation extended to the police in their areas.
He urged the local councils to always avail the police of information that could help in fighting crimes in their domains.
He advised the chairmen to set up a committee that would have farmers, herdsmen, community leaders, police and members of the local government as members, for the purpose of mediating in civil issues to prevent it from escalating.
The tour also took the CP and the members of his entourage to the palaces of HRH Alhaji Umar Usman Seriki, Emir of Yashikra; HRH. Alhaji Idris Serotonin Abubakar, Emir of Okuta; HRH. Professor Halidu Abubakar, Emir of Ilesha Baruba and HRH Alhaji Muazu Shehu Omar, the Emir of Kaiama.
The police boss thanked the royal fathers for their support to police in their areas, assuring that the command will continue to discharge its duties with more vigour and higher sense of professionalism.
He restated the need for a consultative committee for peace, comprising police, farmers, Fulani herdsmen, community leaders and local government staff to tackle any security issues that may arise from time to time.
The emirs in their separate responses promised continued support to the police, urging security agencies in the state to be alive to their responsibilities for peace and security of the state.