Tuesday, September 15, 2015 8:23 am
Edo State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, has directed that office personnel in the state police command be reduced by 50 percent.
Ezike who was recently deployed to the state from Rivers state, also charged the officers to use scientific method in tackling crimes within their jurisdiction, even as he enjoined officers and men of Edo Police Command to sacrifice their personal comfort for the safety of the people.
He announced this while addressing Senior Officers, Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Heads of Departments at meeting in Benin, adding that these were parts of strategies he has mapped out to fight crime in the state, because, according to him, “adequate policing is done in the field.”
He therefore ordered the immediate recall of policemen posted to unauthorised individuals as well as other policemen who were posted illegally.
He listed other strategies to be used to combat crime in the state to include high visibility policing strategy, crime-mapping, intelligence-led policing and inter-agency cooperation and coordination.
Ezike also disclosed that he would personally lead raids on criminal hideouts as well as embarked on street patrols during his stay as commissioner in the state.
He lamented “appalling conduct” of policemen on stop and search duties, and promised to set-up a Monitoring Evaluation and Control Unit that would spot-check and raid on police locations.
The unit, according to him, is to ensure policemen work without resort to self help through extortion or other unethical gimmicks.
He also promised to partner with relevant government agencies to dismantle illegal motor-parks, enforced no
parking rules and clear highway of broken down vehicles.