By G9ija

The Enugu State Police Command has concluded stakeholders’ mapping for closer engagement with various segments of residents of the state to ensure pro-active community-based policing in the forthcoming yuletide.

The Spokesman for the command, SP Ebere Amaraizu, made this known in Enugu on Wednesday.

Amaraizu said that the stakeholders’ mapping had enabled the command to know each stakeholder’s community policing needs and priorities.

He noted that the mapping and the new engagement with residents of the state would continue to ensure that the state remains safe, peaceful and secured throughout the yuletide.

“To this end, the command has started embarking on mass sensitisation of members of the public through platforms like visits to communities, schools, parks as well as town hall meetings and workshops with identified relevant stakeholders.

“The sensitisation which is already on is aimed at making members of the public understand the fact that the police and the public are inseparable and need to work as one for a common goal for a safe and secure environment.

“Also, the engagement platforms offer the command the opportunity to give relevant tips that will make members of the public to remain security conscious.

“We shall continue to partner with all relevant stakeholders in order to continue to sustain the principle of pro-active community policing; since security is everybody’s business,’’ Amaraizu said.

The spokesman said, “The police are the public and public are the police; and that is why we are strengthening our Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) to serve as an accountability platform.’’

Amaraizu, however, advised members of the public to be security conscious even as they board commercial taxis, tricycles are popularly known as Keke NAPEP and commercial motorcycles known as Okada.

He urged members of the public to be security-conscious in the use of their ATM cards to avoid unknowingly divulging their pin codes to mischief makers.

“You are also to know your neighbours and your business associates as well as the kind of business they will bring to you.

“You are to be law-abiding, security conscious and partner with your security agencies and as well expose mischief makers around you before you become a victim.

“The command is to be reached through 08032003702, 08075390883, 08086671202 and 08098880172 and through our twitter handle
@PoliceNgEnugu and our Facebook page of Nigeriapoliceforceenugustatecommand as well as at enugustatepolice@gmail.com,’’ Amaraizu said.

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