#TrackNigeria: Mr Baba Tijjani, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 9, has charged all the commands in the zone to embrace community policing as a potent measure in the fight against violent crime.
Tijjani gave the charge on Monday in Owerri, while addressing officers of the Imo police command during his familiarisation visit to the command.
He said that the most effective means of fighting crime was through the identification of its roots causes.
He said that such roots causes could easily be identified at the grassroots through community policing.
He promised that community policing would be further strengthened in the zone to further enhance the performance of the police force.
The police chief further advised officers of the command to also adopt “intelligence-based policing”.
He commended the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Rabiu Ladodo, and his officers and men for their commitment toward crime reduction, in spite of the limited resources.
He promised to instill discipline among the rank-and-file to reduce operational lapses in the zone.
“Even though we have limited resources at our disposal, we must continue to use these resources to ensure that crime is completely eradicated, or at least, brought to the barest minimum,” Tijani said.
In his response, Ladodo pledged the command’s readiness to support the AIG in his efforts to sanitize the force in the zone and make the area crime-free.
He said: “We are ready to support our AIG in his efforts to sanitise our zone and make it crime-free without minding whose ox is gored.
“We will leave no stone unturned to achieve this objective.” (NAN)