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Plateau State governor, Mr. Simon Lalong has said that security and community dialogue with stakeholders is conducted to explore ways towards undertaking a holistic overview of prevailing security challenges in the state, with specific reference to a community policing model that can better respond to public safety and security. 

Lalong hammers on security, community dialogue 

 

From Christiana Gokyo, Jos

Plateau State governor, Mr. Simon Lalong has said that security and community dialogue with stakeholders is conducted to explore ways towards undertaking a holistic overview of prevailing security challenges in the state, with specific reference to a community policing model that can better respond to public safety and security.

The governor was speaking recently at Government House Jos, with a theme: ‘Domestication of Community Policing in Plateau State, Exploring the Indigenous Options.’

According to him, dialogue is therefore expected to make indigenes to engage in frank, open and solutions-driven interactions that will enable them to key into the community policing model in dealing with security situation more effectively.

He said already government had structures on ground which is in tandem with the community policing model such as the Operation Rainbow, Early Warning System, Vigilante Volunteers and Community Based Intelligence Volunteers.

The governor also urged them to ask critical questions as to what was being done right and what was not working, with a view to making it more effective for guaranteeing the security and safety of lives and property in the state.

While urging them to also examine what the conventional security agencies, such as the police, State Security Service, Operation Safe Haven, Civil Defence and related agencies are doing in securing lives and property in the state, he said there is need for them to create synergy between their work and that of the community policing structure in order to achieve better results.

Governor Lalong also expected the discussions to be honest, frank and capable to leading the state to a safer destination that drives on respect for human lives, good neighbourliness, tolerance, justice and forgiveness.

He said the dialogue is with a view to putting forward practical and proactive measures that would address the attacks.

The stakeholders’ dialogue followed the recent unfortunate events of last month in Kulben, Kombun District in Mangu and Kwatas in Bokkos Local Government Area which claimed about 30  lives with many injured and property destroyed.

Meanwhile, the Plateau State Peace and Security Community Dialogue has resolved that a Technical Committee be set up by government to harmonise the presentations and evolve a more sustainable community policing framework for immediate implementation in the state.

They also resolved that traditional leaders, being key pillar for intelligence gathering, should be supported to discharge such responsibility in the overall interest of safety and security.

They noted that baseline data of the communities as proactive initiative are imperative in the successful implementation of community policing.

The communique also agreed that community policing as a veritable security option in a complex and fragile community should be pursued at all levels.

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