The Bayelsa state Police Command has recruited and given special training to one hundred and six indigenes of the state to boost Community Policing in different parts of the state.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mike Okoli, revealed this during a one-day community policing sensitization/awareness campaign held at the Dr. Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre in Yenagoa, the state capital, noting that the recruited men were trained at the Police Training Institute at Nonwa, Rivers state.
The CP noted that the concept of Community Policing was a brilliant idea of the current Inspector General of Police to bring policing to the people and to allow the people participate in the policing of their communities.
He said the 106 trained special constabularies who are indigenes of Bayelsa state would be sent to their respective local government areas for effective community policing.
According to Okoli, the function of the constabularies was to relate with the locals and report back to their respective Area Commands, noting that the men were carefully selected from different vigilante groups with community policing experience.
“The emphasis was on those in the vigilante services who have been working with the police who already have the policing experience. As time goes on, more people will be recruited on volunteer basis,” he added.
Delivering a lecture on Community Policing, a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr. Sotonye Wakama said community policing had three components which include partnership, problem solving and organizational transformation.
“In partnership, I mean collaboration with all the units in the community to Know their needs. Problem solving is simply thinking outside the box. There are ways you can resolve issues without creating more problem for yourself.
“Organizational transformation simply means that every single person in the police force must imbibe the ethos of community policing and practice it wherever they are,” he said.
On his part, the governor of Bayelsa state, Senator Douye Diri, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Konbowei Benson noted that the state government had always taken it as a point of duty to support the police in their act of providing adequate security for all Bayelsans.