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FG committed to promoting community policing— Minister



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It also focused on fostering a culture of respect and understanding as well as strengthening the bond between the police and the community.

The Minister of State for Police Affairs, Hajia Imaan Sulaimon-Ibrahim, stated this during the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) with a theme “PCRC @40 Community Policing at its Best” held at the Merit House, Maitama Abuja.

The Minister said that this is a remarkable milestone and a confirmation of the enduring legacy of community policing in our nation and the invaluable contributions of the PCRC in fostering collaboration, trust, and understanding between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.

She said: “As we reflect on the journey of the PCRC over the past four decades, we are reminded of the vital role it has played in bridging the gap between the police force and the public.

“Since its establishment, the PCRC, through its tireless efforts in facilitating open dialogue, community engagement, and crime prevention initiatives, has significantly contributed to building trust and cooperation between the police force and the public”.

Imaan expressed appreciation to the men and women of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) who have dedicated their lives to protecting and serving our nation. “Your unwavering commitment to upholding law and order is the cornerstone of our society, and your sacrifices have not gone unnoticed. On behalf of the government and the people of Nigeria, I extend my heartfelt gratitude for your service and dedication”.

The State Minister further pointed out that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the leadership of the police ecosystem are actively engaged in implementing a Renewed Hope Police Reform and Transformation.

According to her, “This comprehensive Reform Roadmap, structured around five pillars, includes Community Policing as one of its core components. Therefore, the PCRC holds a central position in the police reform agenda of this administration. We are steadfast in our commitment to fully implementing the community policing strategy outlined in the Police Act of 2020”.

She stated that the government is committed to deep reforms within the Nigeria Police Force, backed by robust implementation plans and innovative resource mobilization and allocation, which has been the bane of previous reform efforts.

Imaan added that the goal is to see the emergence of a world-class police force that is inclusive, intelligence-led, technology-driven, and community-based and that is alive to its constitutional responsibilities.

She therefore commended the Nigeria Police Community Relations Committee for their unwavering dedication to the Nigerian Dream, of a peaceful, secure, united, and prosperous nation. Your tireless efforts in promoting dialogue, cooperation, and understanding between law enforcement agencies and the community are truly inspiring.

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun thanked the PCRC for their partnership and support in the implementation of the community strategy of the Nigeria Police Force.

The National Chairman of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), Alhaji Mogaji Ibraheem Olaniyan thanked the Ministry of Police Affairs and Nigeria Police Force for their support, especially for the land and seven vehicles donated by the Ministry.

He requested the approval of the Ministry and Nigeria Police Force for the PCRC to invite developers to put up a physical structure for their secretariat and hotel accommodation on the land given to the PCRC by the government.