COMMUNITY POLICING: Ogun DPO unites communities

Dsp Olasunkanmi Ope posing for photographs with other community members

LEKE ONANUGA (Ogun)

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Many security experts, at different occasions, have postulated that community policing is the best way of combating crimes anywhere in the world.

In spite of Nigeria’s security challenges, some police officers are trying their best to tackle crimes within the locations of their supervision. A good example is the Divisional Police Officer of Aregbe Divisional Police Headquarters, Olasunkanmi Ope.

August24news.com gathered that Aregbe is a community under Odeda Local Government, a suburb area of Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Olasunkanmi Ope, a dedicated Police Officer who has represented Nigerian Police well in different capacities, is a community policing crooner in all ramifications.

According to a resident, Pa Agbalajobi Babatunde, the DPO is one of the best things that have happened to Aregbe community.

He said, “If all police officers can be like this DPO (Olasunkanmi Ope), Nigeria would have been a better place to live. DPO Ope has listening ears and ready to resolve any issue without asking for any financial gain.

Another resident, Miss Bimbola Shipeolu, said the cool-headed police officer is a real community officer.

Shipeolu later added that “Aregbe DPO has maintained peace among different CDAa and CDCs. For a police officer who has not used four months here and achieve a lot, he is a good image to Nigerian police force.”

On the same vein, the deputy chairman of Police Community Relations Committee in Ogun State, Mr Popoola, hailed the initiatives of the DPO and urged the community members to support the amiable policer officer.

“The significance of this summit is to bring convergence between the divergent views of our perception about our youths. Nigerian youths need orientation rather castigating them.

“I want to thank the DPO of Aregbe for organizing this kind of summit. It will help in reducing crimes in our community.”

Meanwhile, the commissioner of police in Ogun State, Bashir Makama has lauded the efforts of Aregbe DPO and urged all police officers to key into the concept of community policing to solve myriads of security challenges.

Makama stated this during a youth security summit organized by the Aregbe Divisional Police Headquarters.

The summit titled “Community Police: Repositioning Youth for Sustainable and Security Community Development” was witnessed by the top ranking police officers in Ogun State and the residents.

The Commissioner of Police, who was represented by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operation), Edward Ajogun, opined that community policing allows the police and the people to mutually seek measures in tackling crimes with less efforts.

“Of all modern policing methods, none I believe today, is more appropriate and relevant to our contemporary challenges than community policing. There is no better approach than community policing.

“The Police and the people must continually and jointly seek a convergence of youths and men on how to elevate the security of the community. We do this in a manner to keep criminals at bay,” Makama said

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