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The chairman , South-East Security Committee , Major General Obi Umahi (retd.) has called for scrapping of police barracks to have effective policing .
Umahi said Nigeria cannot achieve community policing he way the police is structured .
He said this in an interview on Sunday saying ,”community policing was entirely an initiative of the police and its a concept that suggests that people will be involved in the security of their immediate environment and they are supposed to work with the police in that locality .
” But,Nigeria cannot achieve community policing the way the police is structured and is being administered today.
I”n better societies ,they don’t have police barracks because it creates “they and us” relationship .
” The Police live in police barracks ,they come out to do their work and withdraw to the barracks afterwards.
“There cannot be an effective relationship between the police and those they are policing .
” So, for community policing to be effective , the concept of police barracks must go.
“Police must live with the people . You know if a policeman lives in the same neighbourhood with you ,he would hardly offend you because he knows that after the day’s work .he is returning to that same environment to meet the same people .
“I can tell you policing will change in character and conduct . I therefore ask for a radical approach to policing in this nation .
” A new housing arrangement should be made for policemen either through monetisation or some other arrangements .”