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Killing: Lalong to introduce community policing in Plateau

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Concerned over the rising spate of killings, the Plateau State Government is exploring the possibility of domesticating community policing through “indigenous options” to secure the state.

The state governor, Simon Lalong, made the disclosure Tuesday, while declaring open a general stakeholders meeting on Peace, Security and Community Dialogue, themed: “Domestication of Community Policing in Plateau State: Exploring Indigenous Options, at the Government House, Jos.

According to Mr Lalong, the new security architecture is aimed at creating synergy between conventional policing and that of the community policing structures in order to achieve better results.

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Speaking on the essence of the dialogue meeting, Mr Lalong charged the community leaders and other stakeholders put forward practical and proactive measures that will address unacceptable attacks in the state.

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“Sadly, we are compelled to hold this meeting once again instead of ordinarily coming together to celebrate peaceful coexistence and prosperity of our land and its good people, as we were looking forward to during the forthcoming Forgiveness Day,” he said.

Mr Lalong said the dialogue is expected to engage in frank, open and solution-driven interaction that would enable them key into the Community Policing Model in dealing with the state security situation more effectively.

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“Happily, we already have structures on ground which are in tandem with the Community Policing model such as the Operation Rainbow, Early warning System, Vigilante Volunteers and Community based Intelligence Volunteers,” he said.

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“We should also examine what the conventional security agencies such as the Police, State Security Service, Operation Safe Haven, Civil Defence and related agencies do in securing lives and properties in the State,” he added.

The governor, therefore, appealed to all to contribute what needs to be done in order to create synergy between their work and that of the Community Policing structure in order to achieve better results.

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