Minister tells IGP; Strengthen the capacity of your Men on prompt response to distress calls

Minister tells IGP; Strengthen the capacity of your Men on prompt response to distress calls

The Minister of Police Affairs, Sen. Ibrahim Gaidam, has called on the Nigeria Police to strengthen its capacity to ensure prompt response to distress calls in the country.
The minister made the call on Thursday in Abuja, while receiving official briefing from the Acting Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Kayode Egbetokun.

He said timely response to distress calls could be achieved through effective deployment of technology, inter-agency collaboration, building of mutual trust and proper management of information.

According to him, by working together, we can enhance national security and create a safer environment for the public.
He said community engagement and trust building were keys to effective policing, adding that, the police must actively involve the communities they serve to foster cooperation and partnership.
Gaidam said effective coordination of federal, state and local law enforcement would create a unified front against crime and ensure a more effective response.

He called for comprehensive training and capacity building programme for police personnel and investment in technology for surveillance and crime prevention to enhance police capabilities in maintaining law and order.

The minister said effective intelligence gathering mechanism was critical for proactive crime prevention in the country.

“We must establish robust systems to gather and analyse intelligence that will position us, a step ahead of the criminals.

“Strengthening cooperation between the police and the judiciary is also essential to ensure the smooth administration of justice,” he said.

Gaidam called for the establishment of mechanisms to monitor police conduct with a view to maintaining high standards of professionalism and ethics through the use of body-worn cameras and dashboard cameras in operation vehicles.

“This will ensure that the rights and dignity of every citizen are respected at all times.

“We will not tolerate indiscipline within the police force and discipline must be observed by all officers, regardless of rank or cadre,” he said. (NAN)

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