Effective Policing Depends On Trust With Residents – Plateau CP


By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna

Bartholomew Onyeka, the Commissioner of Police (CP), Plateau State, has opined that mutual trust between police and residents is very vital towards ensuring the ability of effective policing in the state.

Speaking while delivering a keynote address at a one-day retreat for human rights stakeholders organised by the Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC) on Thursday in Jos, he believed that as attractive as the concepts of intelligence-led policing or technology-driven policing could be, the reality remains that no police agency either in the advanced or developing climes can succeed in its mandate without the consent, support and trust of the citizens they are engaged to serve and protect regardless of how well equipped, trained or motivated they may be.

He emphasised that police legitimacy draws from public consent and trust, stressing that lack of effective partnership between the police and the public can only sustain ineffective policing and engender insecurity within the community.

According to him, generally speaking, the security situation across Plateau State has been relatively stabilised. 

“The reality is that the current concerted operations of the police and other security agencies in the state have engendered a dispersal and relocation of some of the criminals out of the state,” he added.

Dr Theophilus Danjuma, the chairman of the event, explained that the retreat was meant to seek ways to improve on human rights protection and community access to justice in the country for a harmonious relationship.


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