The Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has inaugurated a neighborhood watch otherwise known as Homeland Security Watch and Crime Prevention & Management System (CPAMS), in the state.
The governor announced that the security network will help the State Police operatives in community policing. According to the governor, the newly inaugurated security watch will also help in reducing the crime rate in the state and in Nigeria.
“With the diligent implementation of CPAMS, it will be difficult for a criminal in Abia to be a first offender whereas he has criminal records elsewhere,” the governor said while inaugurating the security outfit.
The inauguration took place in Umuahia during the IGP Mohammed Adamu’s visit to the state yesterday.
Speaking in a press statement obtained by Abacityblog.com, governor Ikpeazu said, outside from inaugurating the security outfit, his administration promised to install solar systems in all Police Divisions in Abia as well as provide computers to all police formations.
“Yesterday, we played host to the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu as he inaugurated our newly formed Abia State Homeland Security Watch and the Crime Prevention & Management System (CPAMS), a modern technological system designed to fight crime in our fast paced world.
“At the occasion which held in Umuahia, I firmly restated the commitment of my administration to continue to support the Police to reduce crime & make Abia the safest State in the country.
“Our Homeland Security Watch is my administration’s way of supporting the IGP in his community policing efforts and is capable of providing solutions to policing not only in Abia State, but in Nigeria as a whole.
“I stated that it’s a misnomer that in the 21st century, the police still record crime on blackboards, and that I would like to see when all police divisions in the country can be linked through a digital platform to reduce crime as proactive policing requires that a crime officer must be ahead of criminals.
“The fact is that except there is a digital data base of criminals which can be used to support CCTV footages, crime will continue.
“With the diligent implementation of CPAMS, it will be difficult for a criminal in Abia to be a first offender whereas he has criminal records elsewhere.
“I thereby strongly recommended it to the IGP to help in policing of the country because with the system, community participation with the police will become easier.
“I also used the forum to announce that my administration will provide solar systems in all Police Divisions in Abia as well as provide computers to all police formations and divisions including the office of the Inspector General of Police, Deputy Inspector General of Police and the Commissioner of Police for seamless online real time policing in Abia.