Alhaji Sanisu Maijama’a, the Deputy National Chairman (North), Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), has stressed the need for increased training for Nigeria police in community policing in the country.
Maijama’a made the call in Bauchi in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He said “there is nothing better than training of the police force because all what the police need is training and retraining, especially in modern way of policing.
“That is why the PCRC as an association is ready to assist in this regard. It was set up by the Nigeria Police under the Nigerian Police Act.
“Our major task is to support and collaborate with communities and the police to ensure proper policing.”
Maijama’a said the PCRC had discovered that the capacity of the Nigeria police to protect lives and property in recent time was low, hence the need for collaboration with communities.
According to him, the staff strength of the police is not more than 300,000, which he says is inadequate for Nigeria’s population of nearly 180 million.
He said that “under the United Nations standard, it is supposed to be one police man to 60 persons and if you multiple Nigeria’s population and the number of police, we don’t have the capacity.
“We need more hands and more training to deliver. There is the need for more training in the divisions, commands up to national level.”
The deputy chairman pointed out that the PCRC’s major responsibilities were to provide intelligence information and also to arrest and hand over suspects to the police.
“It is community policing; communities should be in charge of policing their lives and property, as well as providing information to the police under applied act,’’he said.