Measures In Place To Tackle Laziness Among Police Officers
The Police Force Headquarters has disclosed that measures are in place to tackle laziness among its personnel. This was disclosed by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 5, Mr. Rasheed Akintunde while touring hint the state formation on Thursday in Bayelsa.
According to Akintunde, there is no room for indolence in the police force him, and that the measures will be aimed at addressing the problems of lazy, unprofessional and mischievous policemen in the system
He said measures had been put in place to address indolence and poor output among the officers and rank-and-file as part of the ongoing reforms in the system.
He disclosed that a study by the police headquarters indicated that only slightly above 20 percent of its workforce in the country were active and working. He said: “The funniest thing is that only 20 per cent of the police personnel are the ones working, the rest are just there.
“Talking about 20 per cent working; if you look at it well, every ‘big man’ wants his own security, they want 30 men to secure them instead of supporting the whole community by saying we should give resources for police to do the work so that the environment will be secured. They only want security for themselves.”
“Even religious leaders want personal security. So after all that, we find that it’s only 20 per cent remaining to guard other places. Even for government’s commission too, they can load 20 units for it whereas they need only seven, so that’s why the 20 per cent comes in.”
“That is why when a DPO visits a station, he identifies those people and starts using them. You go to the Area Command, it is the same thing, the CP, it is the same.”
The AIG explained that effective community policing must be hampered on three pillars; sound integrity, hard work, and professionalism. He said: “You must satisfy three conditions to police well. First, you must have sound integrity, your integrity must not be in doubt. You must not bring those bad things into the job.”
” The second thing is that you must be hardworking. Policing is not for the lazy persons. You must be ready at all times because you can be called upon at any hour of the day.”
“The other part is that you must be professional. You must know what you are doing. Police job is very difficult for those people who don’t have integrity, who are not hardworking and who are not professional but very simple for a man who has these principles.”
He, therefore, urged the officers to love their job as policing is the best job in the world. “The job is the best; let us put in our best. We are not supposed to be seeing other agencies doing our work if we are doing it perfectly. Agreed, we lack some equipment we are supposed to use. What I am appealing to you is that let us wake up so that we can beat our chest as policemen and say l can do this and that.”
“But where we are lazying about; you see some of us running from pillar to post, looking for possible posting, looking for money that is not there.”
In the same vein, the Bayelsa state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Don Awunah, thanked the AIG for his visit but complained that the 4,000 police personnel in the state are not adequate enough to police the state due to its deltaic nature.
Awunah stated that even though there were some little forms of criminal activities, statistics showed that Bayelsa remained the safest state in the zone at the moment.
He further listed some of the challenges facing the command as manpower, logistics, working tools, and accommodation. He, however, stated that despite the challenges, the command under his supervision introduced high visibility policing with a human face.
He stated that the new system was adopted in collaboration with the Tactical Strike Force, Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Serious Crimes Unit, Counter-Terrorism Unit, and the Peace and Conflict Resolution Unit.