Inspector General of Police Alkali Baba Usman said the essence of community policing is to create mutual understanding between the police and the population in order to nip crime in the bud.
He made the claim during a two-day community policing stakeholder workshop held in Enugu State, South East Zone.
The Southeast region is considered the home of the autodidacts, whose ingenious torch in business contributes to the growth and development of the sub-region.
Apart from being the center of commerce in Nigeria, the area is not immune to the insecurity that plagues other parts of the country. Arson, murder, and kidnapping, among others, have wreaked havoc on the region.
During the workshop for actors in the area on community policing, the Inspector General of Police asked for partnership with community leaders in the fight against crime in their area.
He challenged community leaders to immerse themselves in the culture of offering voluntary service to their community.
The IGP tasked participants from the five southeastern states with instilling the concept of constabulary police recruitment which it characterized as pure service without pay.
He called for synergy between the people and security officers, especially as the nation prepares for elections next year,
The two-day workshop aims to educate participants on their roles in nipping criminal activists in the bud.