The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, has stressed the importance of ethics and standard operating procedures of community policing project.
Odumosu made the emphasis on Monday, January 25, 2021, at the command headquarters Ikeja, while addressing the newly-trained Community Policing Special Constabulary, drawn from all the Local Government Areas in the state.
According to a statement by the state police spokesman, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the police commissioner admonished them on their approved duties, which are aimed at complementing the police, including intelligence gathering, traffic control, joint patrol with the police, and any other duties that their Divisional Police Officers might instruct them on, to secure lives and property.
Odumosu said that the special constabulary had been deployed to 110 divisional police headquarters across the state, with immediate effect.
He also read the riot act to the constabulary, warning them to desist from any illegal act that would dent police image or jeopardize the purpose for which community policing was established.
Reminding them that they had become refined and trained individuals, the state police boss said that they would be liable for their actions and inactions, and would be treated according to the provisions of the Nigeria Police Act and Regulations.
He advised them to shun misuse of power, extortion, abuse of office, violation of human rights and any inappropriate behaviours that would be contrary to the provisions of the extant laws of Nigeria.
The Commissioner of Police appealed to the general public to extend support to the special constabulary who would be assisting in providing adequate security for all and sundry in the state.
He also urged them to report any of them found with illegal and/or inappropriate acts to the Command, for necessary action.
Addressing the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Heads of Departments in the state, at the POWA Hall, Oduduwa,Ikeja, after the constabulary’s deployment, Odumosu charged them to supervise the men and work towards having better policing of their areas and the state at large.
The police boss siezed the opportunity to re-echo the command’s zero tolerance for violation of COVID-19 protocols in the state, ordering the enforcement of all COVID-19 protocols and other laws.