09 August 2020 by Remi Johnson
The FCT Commissioner of Police , Bala Ciroma, has submitted modalities for the implementation of the Community Policing Policy in the teritory.
In his submission during a security meeting chaired by the Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, the FCT Police Commissioner said the main functions of the Community Constabularies would be crime detection and prevention, settlement of low level civil disputes and petty crimes, criminal intelligence gathering and dissemination to the local police commanders, dealing with minor offences and social vices, assist in traffic management and school safety duties amongst others.
The Commissioner of Police further explained that the Community Constabularies are to operate only within the communities in which they were recruited, as they were not permitted to operate outside these locations .
He added that the Police Force would train the volunteers and provide them with uniforms and means of identification.
Responding, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello while commending the Commissioner of Police and the Community Policing Advisory Committee , called for active involvement of the Area Council Chairmen and Traditional rulers in recruitment and deployment processes.
The FCT Minister who further commended the heads of security formations in the FCT for their support in maintaining security in the Territory,also used the medium to welcome the new Commander of the Army headquarters Garrison, Maj. Gen A. T. Hamman.
The Security Committee also received a brief from the Health and Human Services Secretariat presented by the Director of Public Health, Dr Josephine Okechukwu who explained that the major challenges facing the health authorities in the FCT were the issues of self-denial of the COVID-19, disease and lack of adherence to safety protocols by residents of the FCT.
Dr. Okechukwu also said that there were imported cases into the FCT from other states as well as from returnees.
She also called for more active involvement of the Area Councils and traditional institutions in the fight against the virus in the FCT.