A Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in Nasarawa State, SP Ahmed Lafiya, has solicited for public support and cooperation in crime prevention and control in the state.
He made the appeal on Sunday in Karshi at the closing of a three-day training organised by the Nasarawa State chapter of Man O’ War Nigeria for uniformed volunteer organisations in the state.
Mr Lafiya, who is the DPO of Uke division, said providing security was a collective responsibility, noting that there is very little security agencies can do without public support and cooperation.
Represented by DSP Lapshak Lenka, the DPO said citizens were key stakeholders especially in the area of provision of information about criminal activities in their surroundings.
He said “Policing is a collective responsibility, and that is why we take advantage of platforms like this to sensitise the public on their role,” he said.
The DPO enjoined citizens to trust the police with information, assuring that their security and anonymity remained guaranteed.
An officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC , Mr Yohanna Amana, said all hands must be on deck to ensure peace and security in the society.
The NSCDC Head of Operations in Karshi Division, advised youths to respect constituted authority and engage in meaningful ventures in order to become self reliant.
He also stressed the need for synergy between Man O’ War and security agencies especially in the area of information sharing to curtail crime and in the society.
The Nasarawa State Commander of Man O’ War , Mr Joel Attah, said the programme was organised to promote community security and policing in the state.
He said the focus on the young people was informed by statistics which showed that 50 per cent of crimes committed in the country were by the youth.