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Police clear air on constabulary scheme

The Nigeria Police Force says the Community Policing Constabulary Scheme of the Force is a purely voluntary service to train and incorporate individuals who desire to spend their spare time assisting the police within their various communities.

In a statement on Thursday, the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi made this clarification on issues surrounding the recent protest of Community Policing Constables in Ilorin, Kwara State.

‘’It therefore came as a rude shock that members of the scheme were protesting non-payment of salaries in Kwara state that the ultimate purpose and rule of engagement of the scheme is to promote community partnership in crime control via the presence of respected members of the public, with a source of livelihood, partnering with the Force under the scheme to render voluntary service for better and improved policing within their communities’’, the statement reads.

According to CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, their role include assisting the police in crime detection and prevention, conflict resolution, intelligence gathering, maintenance of law and order, deployment to complement conventional police officers in patrolling their communal public space.

They are also to deal with minor offences and social vices, working with relevant stakeholders on crime control, and traffic management and school safety duties.

The Nigeria Police therefore re-emphasized that the scheme was voluntary and no payments were agreed with the individuals under the scheme neither were paid terms of appointment discussed prior to its commencement.

Adejobi described the protest as mischievous and ill-conceived, adding that the Force will take adequate measures to review the effectiveness of the scheme as soon as possible.

Writing by Annabel Nwachuwu; editing by Adeniyi Bakare