The Lagos State Police Command has deployed 1,250 Special Constabulary Officers to boost community policing across the state.
The passing-out parade of the officers, who have undergone series of special trainings, was held at Police College, Ikeja, the state capital on Tuesday.
This was contained in a statement released by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Gboyega Akosile.
According to the statement, Sanwo-Olu, appealed to all Lagosians, especially community leaders and associations to support community policing by cooperating with the officers.
The Governor, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Tayo Ayinde, assured the Special Police Constabularies that his administration will provide everything they will require to carry out their assignment most efficiently and effectively.
Governor Sanwo-Olu also congratulated and commended the chairmen and members of the State Community Policing Advisory Committee and the State Community Policing Committee for their efforts and progress that has been recorded so far in making community policing initiative a reality in Lagos State.
“The issue of security and safety of lives and property have been a major source of concern, which requires deliberate and urgent attention by the government, and the cooperation of all citizens. In an attempt to address this challenge, there was a national consensus on the need to embrace community policing which has been identified as a potent strategy that will complement the efforts of the Nigeria Police to effectiveiy combat crime and criminal activities.
“I want to appeal to all Lagosians especially community leaders and associations to support this initiative by cooperating with these officers. They are no strangers but people that are known to you within your community. Let us therefore embrace this initiative to improve security and safety of lives and property within our various communities,” Sanwo-Olu said.
He also implored the Special Police Constabulary to operate within the operational guidelines that had been given to them.
“Your major responsibility is to support the operations of the State Police Command through the provision of credible and timely intelligence on activities within the community which might result in perpetration of crime and threat to safety of lives and property.
Speaking earlier, the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu who was represented at by Assistant Inspector General, Olasupo Ajani, warned the Special Constabulary officers not to see themselves as conventional police officers.
“You are expected to be a link and to build a good relationship between police and the general public… You are warned not to wear any other police uniform except the black uniform issued to you. Do not wear blue or the camouflage uniform of the conventional police officers,” the AIG said.
The community Policing is an initiative of the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, to complement the efforts of the Nigeria Police to effectively combat crime and criminal activities.