Enugu – The Police in Enugu State says it will enter into strategic partnership with the media in an effort to prevent crime in 2016.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Enugu, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday.
“What we have on ground right now is to continue to be proactive; because pro-active policing is the best.
“So in line with that fact that we want to continue to be pro-active, that is the edge we have; then we have some ingredients that we make you (us) to be proactive.
“Such ingredients as partnership with the media.
“The partnership with the media we are talking about is that you have to understand (that) when you have your security tips, security information, security guide or how you want people to react, you want people to conform.
“What do we do? You don’t start going to their houses because you don’t have the facilities to go to their various houses one after the other.
“What do we do? You call on these people (journalists) because you are partnering with them.
“They can only come to you when you are partnering with them; forget the fact that they are reporting.
“When you get this information, they take it to the people; and not only taking it to the people, they also wait to get feedback from people and pass unto you (police).
“Then, from there you are able to compare the message you sent to them and the message you got.
“Whether there is any variance, whether there is any reaction, whether there are areas you need to fine tune.
“Whether maybe to upgrade some areas, whether areas you need to sustain and areas you need to deduct.
“These are the things you get by the time you go into your mapping circle with a view to getting it right.’’
Amaraizu said that after the security mapping, the command would then involve other stakeholders such as other security agencies, traditional rulers, teachers, and parents to help prevent crime.
The police spokesman said that the security mapping was aimed at ensuring the success of the security strategy. (NAN)