Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has inaugurated State Community Policing Advisory Committee to further strengthen modern policing strategy, amid COVID-19 global crisis, for an enhanced security of the state.
The event was held at Coronation Hall, Government House, Kano, Friday, in the presence of the Inspector General of Police, Emir of Kano, security experts and other stakeholders.
Governor Ganduje, speaking on the rationale behind setting up the committee, he said "we want to engage our communities in protecting ourselves and prevent our communities from crime and criminalities. There is no better time to do this than now."
Two committees were inaugurated that include State Community Policing Advisory Committee and State Community Policing Committee.
The State Advisory Committee is chaired by His Highness, Kano Emir, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero and will be advising on how to come about the issue of security in the state.
The second committee, State Community Policing Committee, is chaired by Deputy Commissioner of Police Balarabe Sule, and will be manned directly from the Police headquarters in the state.
"As we are inaugurating these two committees, the third committee which is State Community Policing Implementation Committee, will be inaugurated later to shoulder the responsibility of implementing the community policing strategy," he said.
The governor explained that the Implementation Committee would consist of Ward Heads, Village Heads, and other community leaders adding that with the participation of people at the grassroots, the system would be strengthened and become more effective.
"We urge people to cooperate with the security agencies in providing them with useful information. Because it is the people of the community who know criminals among them. They know themselves, they know what individuals do for a living, they know the location of all criminals living with them. It may surprise you to know that they also know even the potential criminals among them," the governor said.
In his remarks, the Inspector General of Police, represented by the Deputy Inspector General, (DIG) Abdul Dahiru Danwawu (mni), commended Governor Ganduje for his concern and commitment to community policing which resulted in making Kano one of the safest and secured states in the federation.
He urged the public to fully understand the importance of shifting from traditional policing to modern community policing, emphasising that, "Community policing is a veritable tool for effective policing."
The IGP assured that all registered groups that are in place for helping security agencies in securing the state would be involved in the new process.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the State Community Policing Advisory Committee, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, assured the state government of full support and unrelenting commitment from the traditional institution in all the five Emirates of the state.
" It is important for all the stakeholders to know that our Emirates will do everything possible to secure our society in the best way we can, through good partnership with the security agencies and our communities."
He then urged people to always support government effort in securing people's lives and properties, insisting that all hands must be on deck for the community policing mechanism to work effectively and efficiently.
On his part, the state Commissioner of Police, Habu A. Sani, appreciated the efforts of Governor of Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, for giving priority to security issue in the state and for spearheading the development of community policing to the grassroots in the. "The serene and peaceful atmosphere we are enjoying in the state today is as a result of your dogged effort as the Chief Security Officer of the State", he added.