As the yuletide draws near, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, CP, Mohammed Ahmed Barde has ordered intensification of surveillance on key government agencies in the state.
He reeled out such key government facilities where surveillance would be intensified to include offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and Correctional Centres.
According to the CP, other agencies are courts and government broadcast stations.
The police spokesman in the state, CSP Michael Abattam disclosed this in a statement dated December 2.
He said the CP gave the directive during a strategic meeting with Heads of Departments, HODs, Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and tactical team commanders held in Owerri.
The Commissioner of Police directed the officer incharge of operations in the Command, DCP Olufemi Haruna to reinvigorate the Command’s Quick Response Units in ensuring that, response time to distress call is with the speed of light.
According to Barde, the quick response to distress call is to check criminal elements from the commission of crimes and to prevent any breach of the peace and protect lives and property.
He opined that, policing is the collective responsibility of everyone, and officers and men must work as a team.
The CP noted that the synergy already existing between the Command and other security agencies should be strengthened.
He charged the officers to be courteous, subservient and uphold the tenets of the rule of law.
Barde equally advised them to collaborate with traditional rulers, various communities heads, stakeholders, vigilance groups and hunters associations.
He added that they must be civil and ensure a cordial working relationship between the police and the populace as this will help in building confidence and trust for a better service delivery to the people.
The CP further charged the officers, to put in place comprehensive security strategies in their various areas of responsibilities (AORs) and intensify surveillance on government facilities in the state.
He commended Imolites for their unalloyed support to the Command and urged them not to relent.
The CP assured of the Command’s commitment in ensuring that, Imolites both home and in diaspora enjoy a crime free Christmas and New Year celebrations in the state.
He equally called on parents and guardians to warn their children and wards to desist from using fireworks and other dangerous explosives this yuletide season.