The Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu has warned 1,250 special constabulary officers deployed in Lagos not to see themselves as conventional police officers. The IGP gave the warning on Tuesday at the passing-out parade of the community policing special constabulary officers held at Police College, Ikeja, Lagos.
He said: “You are expected to be a link and to build a good relationship between police and the general public. As you might have known, you as Community Policing officers are very strong stakeholders in maintaining law and order and the protection of lives and property.
“You should always remember the local knowledge you were taught and make use of it wherever you may find yourselves. Lastly, you are warned not to wear any other police uniform except the black uniform issued to you. Do not wear blue or the camouflage uniform of the conventional police officers.” The IGP was represented by Assistant Inspector-General Olasupo Ajani.
In their goodwill messages during the passing-out parade, representatives of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air Force, Department of the State Services (DSS), community and religious leaders promised to support community policing initiative in their various community and Lagos at large. Community policing is an initiative of the IGP to complement the efforts of the police to effectively combat crime and criminal activities.