By Daniel Tyokua
The minister of the Federal Captial Territory, Malam Muhammad Bello has urged the Community Policing Advisory Committee to be fair in selecting the volunteers within the territory.
He called for a functional and equitable distribution of the volunteers across the FCT based on the needs of the communities.
Bello stated this when the FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma submitted modalities for the implementation of community policing, during the security council meeting.
In a statement issued on Sunday, by Anthony Ogunleye, Chief Press Secretary to the minister, called for active involvement of the Area Council Chairmen and traditional rulers in the recruitment and deployment processes.
He commended the Commissioner of Police and the Community Policing Advisory Committee for the job well done.
Submitting the recommendations, the FCT Commissioner of Police said that the main functions of the Community Constabularies will be crime detection and prevention, settlement of low level civil disputes and petty crimes.
Others include criminal intelligence gathering and dissemination to the local police commanders, dealing with minor offences and social vices, assist in traffic management and school safety duties amongst others.
Ciroma said the Community Constabularies are also to operate only within the communities in which they are recruited and are not permitted to operate outside of these locations adding that the Police Force will train the volunteers and provide them with uniforms and means of identification.
Other issues discussed were matter relating to farmers/ herders clash which according to the security authorities has largely been resolved and steps being taken to tackle issues of banditry which are confined largely to the fringes along FCT borders with other states.