Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom on Monday inaugurated the State Community Policing Advisory Committee.
Ortom urged the members to be committed and give the assignment the seriousness it deserves.
According to him, while performing the ceremony at the Government House Makurdi, community policing is a global standard which emphasises building relationships and working closely with members of the public to curtail and prevent crime.
He stated that the Police Act and Regulations CAP P19 Section 49 to 51 outlines the establishment of community policing through appointment of Special Constables and trained to assist the Police secure communities.
The governor lamented increasing cases of armed robbery, murder, kidnapping, rape and other crimes that require all hands to curb, stressing that the success of community policing requires involvement of community members.
He expressed hope that the Inspector General of Police, the Police Service Commission, the National Assembly and other relevant authorities would effect the necessary legislative changes in order to give Nigerians credible community policing that could stand the test of time.
Govenor Ortom assured Chairman and members of the committee that his administration would support and work closely with them to succeed.
Representative of the Inspector General of Police, Lawal Shehu, a Deputy Inspector General of Police, thanked Governor Ortom for the support the State Government has been given to the police and for embracing community policing which he says would help combat crime in the state.
Commissioner of Police and Chairman of the State Community Policing Advisory Committee, Mr. Ibrahim Mukadas, pledged the committee’s readiness to carry out the assignment with utmost seriousness.
Membership of the Committee includes the Commissioner of Police and Paramount Traditional Ruler as Chairman and Co-chairman respectively, heads of security agencies in the state, representative of Police Community Relations Committee, representative each from Christian Association of Nigeria and Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs as well as a representative each from the three senatorial zones as members.