Community Policing Adopted In Imatong State

Imatong State has adopted community policing as one of the ways to address increased crime rates in the State.

By Peter Lokale Nakimangole

TORIT, 01 December 2016 [Gurtong]-The move followed a graduation of 16 community policing officers on Wednesday in Torit with support from the United Nations Development Program, UNDP in collaboration with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS.

The Imatong State Acting Police Commissioner, Ceasar Oromo urged the graduates to spread the knowledge they have acquired to other residents in the State.

He appreciated the UNDP for its tangible support in relation to the on-going project in the region.

The Acting Police Commissioner said the strategy is very important as it reduces crimes as all residents will be alert.

Experts clarified that community policing is a strategy that focuses on police building ties and working closely with members of the communities.

They say the strategy requires professionally trained police to inherit a proactive approach to address safety concerns of the public in a given community.

Citing government institutions, community members, non-profit service providers, private businesses and the media, the experts noted that community policing usually strengthens partnerships between law enforcement agencies and other organizations.

The media represent a powerful pattern by which the police can communicate with the community.

The policing uses the public for developing problem-solving solutions and it recognizes that police cannot solve every public safety problem alone, so interactive partnerships are created.
The contemporary community policing movement emphasizes changing the role of law enforcement from a static, reactive, incident-driven bureaucracy to a more dynamic, open, quality-oriented partnership with the community, elaborated a field expert.
 

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