Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has inaugurated the State Community Policing Advisory Committee (SCPAC) to enhance the security of lives and property in the state.
Mohammed, while inaugurating members of the committees on Tuesday in Bauchi, said that community policing was a right step toward improving security in all communities across the state.
He said the committee would sustain the government’s deliberate effort to re-strategize and re-arrange the security architecture and Policing Initiative.
According to him, SCPAC would, among other functions, help identify security threats in communities and work with the police and the Community Police Officers (CPOs) in evolving appropriate strategies for addressing them.
The 21-man State Community Policing Advisory Committee (SCPAC), would be chaired by the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Adamu and Commissioner of Police, CP Lawan Jimeta as Co-Chairman
Other members include the state command 33 brigades Bauchi, Commandant, NSCDC commandant, Comptroller Customs, Controller Immigration, Controller Correctional Services, Director DSS, Traditional rulers, Religious Leaders, Advisers among others with the Police Public Relations officer as the Secretary, DSP Ahmed Wakili.
“The community policing will give every community resident a strong sense of participation in governance and strengthen the social contract between the government and citizens,” he said
Mohammed reassured all security formations in the state of his administration’s commitment to supporting their activities.
He said the state government would establish a State Security Trust Fund to facilitate security operations in the state.
Earlier, The Co-Chairman of the Community, CP Jimeta said the step was geared toward improving security in all communities across the state.
“The Community Policing Initiative as proposed by the Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr. Muhammed Adamu, was to solve security challenges.
“It allows the community to partner actively with the police, the community-based model is adopted to suit the values, cultures, and ways of life that are peculiar to the community.
In his remarks, the chairman of the SCPAC Adamu has pledged to carry out the responsibility of deepening community approach as well as confidence, trust, and mutual respect between the police and the people, in the management of crimes and criminalities across the state.
“We will discharge our tasks with patriotism, integrity, and diligence, as our membership was a ”rare privilege” and an opportunity to serve the state.
The Emir commended the governor for his commitment to strengthening the security apparatus and development in the state.