“Our DPO was so against community policing. She would notentertain any change and was apathetic to it. Since she cameback from her advanced DMT course, she is a changed woman!We cannot keep up with her and all her initiatives to work withthe community and implement problem oriented policing”. DSP Joseph Udoh, Community Policing Officer.Training was conducted for commissioners of police in Lagos,Jos and Calabar in line with the IGP approved plan for improvingthe capacity of senior police management on strategic andchange management. This saw the police commissionersresponding positively to the improvements demanded by theIGP regarding strategic planning and organizationalimprovement. Some of the commissioners were supported bythe Community Policing Officers to develop their policing plans.This process initiated a sustainability process as well theembedding of community policing and other best practices inthe Nigeria Police.Intelligence-led Policing (ILP) pilots have been introduced in 50police divisions across Lagos, FCT, Kano, Kaduna, Calabar,Bauchi, Kano, Benue, Jigawa, Ogun and Ondo. DivisionalIntelligence Officers (DIOs) were trained in the concepts andprocesses of IILP and have been able to transfer that learning totheir divisions. This has led the police to re-strategies the fightagainst crime in these areas with appreciable success.Beat duty skills training has been extended to about fiftythousand (50,000) police officers in all police stations. “I am putting into practice all I have learnt during my beatpatrol course. It has helped me and I am happy because I cantouch people’s lives, especially the less privileged members ofsociety”.PC Queen Ejike, New Owerri Police Division, Imo State.19
As described in the introduction, the Community Policingphilosophy is being developed to operate as key element of awider, multi-partners Nigeria Community Safety (CS) Strategy.In pursuit of this goal, Community Safety Partnerships havebeen introduced in all pilot police division. This is in consonancewith the principal of democratic policing as citizens are nowinvolved in community issues affecting their “quality of life.”The senior representatives involved – from local government,police, the communities and many other key agencies havemade a commitment to work together in the future to gain afull understanding of the local safety issues that affect theircommunities and work in a partnership to resolve them.The NPF has also witnessed an improved engagement withinformal policing service (IPS), as they are presently beingconsulted, briefed and involved in activities at police stations.Many of these IPS have been fully occupied in joint activitiesincluding training events, beat patrols and problem solving.
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