Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has urged police authorities to consider transferring out of the state, officers who have stayed long in the state.
He said that their overstaying could bring undue familiarity between them and citizens.
The governor was speaking when he received the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 9 headquarters Umuahia, Mr. Olusegun Solomon, who paid him a courtesy call at the Government House, Owerri.
“My humble request to the state commissioner of police is that such officers who have stayed in a particular division for more than 10 years should be transferred to another division because anytime a police officer stays more than 10 years in a place, he becomes a member of that community and can no longer be effective in the area in terms of checking crime,” he said.
He said that the state government had set up a vigilante group to be headed by police officers.
He told the AIG that the security situation in the state has improved tremendously, adding that kidnappers are now on the run while the state had continued to witness a reasonable level of peace.
Gov. Okorocha attributed the situation to the arrival of the new commissioner of polic in the state, Mr. Adisa Bolanta.
Earlier, the AIG said that he was on a maiden visit to the state to access the security situation on ground in order to determine areas the command needs attention for optimal performance.
Mr. Olusegun said that the visit was also to familiarize himself with the commands under his zone since he only resumed duty at the zonal command recently.
He was accompanied by the Imo State Police Commissioner, Mr Adisa Bolanta, and other top ranking officers.