A Nigerian based in London, Dr Aminu Audu has been appointed to the Merseyside Independent Advisory Group in the United Kingdom.
The group, comprising members of the community, advises the police in that country on matters including stop-and-search practices, police training and crime statistics.
In a statement, the Chair of the Advisory Group, Sharon Williams, said Dr Audu’s appointment was based on his rich research in community policing, which has impacted the UK.
Members are independent of the police but all have a vested interest in Merseyside and supporting those living, working and visiting the region.
Like the police, they prioritise community safety but aim to do this by improving and challenging the police service.
Also, members of the group have different specialisations and life experience, from working with the homeless to representing hard-to-reach communities.
Dr Audu joined the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Liverpool, teaching seminars on the community and problem of crime.
His book, “Police Corruption and Community Policing in Nigeria: A Sociological Case Study”, is based on his PhD research at Liverpool.
In the book, he recommended that the police in Nigeria be better paid and trained, and that the public be encouraged to trust the police enough to report crimes to them.
Writing by Tersoo Zamber; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor