Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Research and Planning, DIG Peter Babatunde has decried lack of commitment and professionalism in the police force.
Babatunde who was on a working visit to Oyo state Police command also task officers on service delivery in the cause of carrying out their constitutional duties.
DIG Babatunde while addressing officers of the Oyo state Police command Eleyele on Tuesday said Police officers to be friendly with law abiding citizens of the country and do whatever act with the fear of God.
He regarded community Policing as a very key area of which police men can move closer to the masses adding that the police must follow the rules of law while exercising their functions.
He further enjoined officers to apply moral values, accord the people with respect, and do their job differently to bring the people closer.
Most of us don’t know our powers and functions, most of us don’t know the bailable offences, we do everything out of power abuse.
“We recall the case of a deputy commissioner of Police who lost his life in Abuja during the shittes protest. If they have certain level of professionalism I think this shouldn’t have happened.
“Though raiding is part of community Policing, but people that have means of identification should be allowed to go Scot free without any interior motive attached.
“Screen people before detention, never jail the innocent, people are wiser now. We now have human rights activist who want to leverage their right on defect of the police force
Don’t involve money in all your activities, you’re to serve the people”.
DIG Peter Babatunde then seeks the continuous support of the people to work together with the police force with relevant information to aide the cause of their duties.
In his remark, the Assistant Inspector General of Police incharge of Zone XI, AIG Adeleye Oyebade who accompanied the DIG alighted the Oyo state commands commitment towards realizing a sustainable community and state policing in the state.
Oyebade explained that with the synergizing effort of the state security stakeholders which includes the traditional rulers, members of the academia, leaderships of NGOs, representatives of the governors, Zone XI and particularly the Oyo state command has been able to reduce criminality to very low rate.
He further assure the Police chief that the Zone XI which comprises of Oyo, Ondo, Osun command is ready to strengthening security in the zone during the current ember month.
Also giving his remark, Oyo state commissioner of Police, CP Shina Olukolu welcome the DIG to the pace setter state.
He further advised officers to make use of the instructions, directives, messages and words of advise passed by the DIG who he regarded as an “August visitor”.