By Chiemeka Green, Yenagoa In an attempt to address the role of police in tackling the issue of sea piracy in Niger Delta, the newly deployed Bayelsa
By Chiemeka Green, Yenagoa
In an attempt to address the role of police in tackling the issue of sea piracy in Niger Delta, the newly deployed Bayelsa State commissioner of Police, CP Don Awunah said piracy is hardly solved especially in Bayelsa because there are nautical miles the police cannot go beyond.
The new commissioner of Police stated this today while addressing newsmen after his arrival in Yenagoa to take over command at the Police Command headquarters
According to CP Awunah, the police need to collaborate with other agencies to solve issues of sea piracy, and security is not just about people in uniform who are more vulnerable but about everybody.
He said, “The security is not about the people in uniform, it is about all of us because the police officer too is vulnerable. Crime has no colour, it has no uniform. Murder is murder. Anti-social behavior is anti-social behavior. But collaboration and coming together is the hallmark of crime prevention.
“If you don’t come together as a people, if you don’t come together as an agency, you cannot stop crime. There is no trophy at stake so we must all put hands on deck to stop crime and kidnapping in Bayelsa.
“If you know about sea piracy, there are nautical miles the police cannot go beyond. They hardly solve that problem, we need collaboration; inter-agency collaboration. So we need to collaborate with other agencies to solve issues of piracy”.
On community policing, Don Awunah said it is the basis on which he intends to work with various vigilantee groups in the state, stressing that it must be measured, controlled and must abide by rules of engagement.
“Vigilantee is not second to policing. If you want to organize yourselves into vigilantee, you must seek the permission of the policemen. You assist us, we assist you. You cooperate; any vigilantee or community neighborhood, you are complementing.
“Vigilantee group is important but it must be measured, must be controlled, and must abide by the rules of engagement.
“Community police is the basis with which you can work but I must display professionalism, transparency, honesty, and dedication to duty. Above all these personal traits, I will bring my three decades of experience to bear in securing Bayelsa and ensuring that Bayelsa is safe and secured.
“So the philosophy is people-oriented policing. No matter how well armed you are, well exposed, well educated, well experienced, without people behind you, you cannot work. So our philosophy as a police is people focus policing”.