The Lagos State Police Command on Tuesday deployed 1, 250 special constabulary officers for community policing to boost security in different parts of the state.
An initiative of the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, community policing is meant to complement the efforts of the police to effectively combat crime.
Speaking at the passing-out parade of the Community Policing Special Constabulary Officers at the Police College, Ikeja, the state Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, appealed to residents, especially community leaders, to cooperate with the officers.
Represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr Tayo Ayinde, the Governor assured the constabularies that his administration would provide everything they required to carry out their assignments.
He also implored the special constabularies to operate within the operational guidelines that had been given to them.
He said, “You must understand that you have been recruited to perform a very important job which is about improving on the existing security architecture and make it more effective.
“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.”
“In carrying out your responsibility, it is very important that you operate within the operational guidelines that have been given to you.”
Also represented, the Inspector General, through the Assistant Inspector General, Olasupo Ajani, warned the officers not to see themselves as conventional policemen.
“You are expected to be a link and to build a good relationship between police and the general public,” he added.