By Nick Chibunna
The Imo State Police Command, under the leadership of Commissioner Abdulmajid Ali, has adopted a new strategy in its fight against criminals in the state.
Speaking recently to Christian Voice, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Andrew Enwerem, said that the strategy which he described as “Visibility Policing”, beams its searchlight on every corner of the state with a view to fishing out the criminals and anti-social elements and bringing them to book.
With this strategy, according to the PPRO, there is no hiding place for criminals in Imo State.
Enwerem, who was fielding questions on effective policing in Imo State, enjoined the general public to be partners in the fight against crime and to report every suspicious movement within their neighbourhood.
He said that the public could for instance, report for proper investigation, a situation where a childless couple for years in the neighbourhood suddenly began to clutch a newborn baby obtained under suspicious circumstances.
The PPRO lamented that the public had often seen the police in bad light despite the great contributions made by the force in the country.
He wondered why the force is respected and honoured in the international community but treated with disdain in its domain, adding that the force cannot be written off based on the activities a few bad eggs.
The international award winner in peacekeeping and crime fighting said that the peaceful Easter celebrated in the state was because of the extra effort of the state command.
On the insinuations that the proliferation of para-military organizations such as the vigilante groups, civil guards and so on was an indictment on the police, the command spokesman said that the groups only complement the police as they do not prosecute criminals.