…As Civil Defence offers to assist in crime fighting

By Ifeanyi Okolie & Joseph Undu

lagos—The Lagos Police Command would soon establish Divisional Intelligence Offices at police stations across the state to handle information provided by members of the public.

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The Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, told a Stakeholders Security Meeting in Ikeja yesterday, that the units would be set up to aid community policing in the state.

“Every police officer will now have a pocket notebook to jot down information given to him/her by members of the public while on duty.

This is as the Lagos State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSDC, Tajudeen Balogun, yesterday promised to join hands with the police to fight crime in the state.

At yesterday’s security meeting, CP Edgal said; “The information by policemen will be forwarded to the Divisional Information Officer at the end of the day for thorough processing.

“This has become important as it has been observed that people often give information to policemen and such end there but that will cease from now,” the police boss said.

Imohimi stated that “there is no police force that can perform without intelligence and intelligence can only be received from the public when there is trust.

“Community policing is based on trust and goodwill. The era of a slap on the wrist for erring police officers is over and henceforth, any police officer caught demanding money for whatever reason will be dismissed.

“If we fail to do so, we will fail to gain your trust and community policing will fail.

“We encourage the people to report when they see something. It is our duty to process the information and we promise to protect your identity,” Imohimi said.

He said that the police would soon regulate the use of police stickers and other police souvenirs which had made some people fall victims of kidnappers.

Imohimi also advised DPOs to communicate more with the people in their communities and advised Community Development Associations (CDAs) to always hold meetings with their DPOs.

He however commended the Lagos State Government for its support and charged police officers to reciprocate the gesture by keeping the state safe.

Civil Defence offers to assist police

Meantime, the Lagos State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSDC, Tajudeen Balogun, yesterday, disclosed that security agencies in state must close ranks and work collectively, if they must reduce crime effectively in the state.

Balogun, who was at the office of the  Commissioner of Police, at the Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja, on a courtesy visit, highlighted that NSCDC in Lagos State, is prepared to partner with the police in combating crime and criminality.

He explained that the task of policing a cosmopolitan state like Lagos and its large population is very high, adding that there was urgent need for extensive collaborations between the security agencies as the duty of policing Lagos should not be left in the hands of the police alone.

The NSCDC boss stated that they are ready to partner with the police in various areas including intelligence networking and intelligence gathering adding that he was looking forward to seeing the police and NSCDC conduct joint training within the state.

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