The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), in Nigeria, has laud the agenda for community policing as a model to be adopted in strengthening internal security.
The Acting Director General of the Institute, Jonathan Juma, stated this on Friday in Jos the capital city of Plateau state, at a press briefing to herald the Graduation Ceremony Activities of Senior Executive Course (SEC).
The 10 months course will on Saturday graduate 66 participants who were enlisted into the Institute in February 2018.
With the theme tagged Strengthening Internal Security Framework and Community Policing in Nigeria: Models, Policy Option and Strategies, Juma explained that community policing is not the same as state Police.
He said “Community policing is not state Police. People think that community Police is synonymous with state Police, but it is not because the constitution states clearly that only the Nigeria Police will be the recognised Police Force in the country.
“The issue of state Police has not been sorted out, unless there are clear judicial interpretation as to whether or not states should establish state Police.
“Community policing however falls into the category of Vigilante, Neighborhood Watch, etc: these are the small units put together by communities to enhance security in their communities.
“These informal institutions can be put together and recognise so that the Nigeria Police can work with them to promote security in their communities”, the Acting DG said.
Our correspondent reports that the 66 participants in the SEC 40 course during their stay in NIPSS were exposed to Understanding Internal Security Framework and Community Policing in Nigeria, Historical and Policy Context of Nigeria’s Internal Security Framework, Nigeria’s Internal Security Architecture, Assessment of Community Policing Models for Internal Security in Nigeria and Strengthening Internal Security Framework through Community Policing in Nigeria, among others.