Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has inau gurated the Community Policing Advisory Committee (SCPAC) and its operations arm, State Community Polic ing Committee (SCPC). This is part of the effort to beef up security in the state starting from the community level. Governor Babajide San wo-Olu, while inau gurating members of the two committees at a ceremony held at the State House in Alau sa, said that the event marked a turning point in the government’s deliberate effort to re-strategise and rethink the security architecture using Community Policing Initiative as proposed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Abubakar Adamu.
According to the governor, the security initiative is long overdue, adding that the re form is being implemented with the objective to address inadequacies of the current policing model, which, he said, had failed to engage members of local communities and neighbourhoods in knowl edge sharing and intelligence gathering that could help in nipping crimes in the bud. It would be recalled that former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had in 2016 employed about 5000 men and women to serve as members of the State Neighborhood Watch. He also signed into law the Neighbourhood Safety Agency as part of efforts to institutionalise and deepen community policing in the state.