Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state Friday, inaugurated a 22-member committee on community policing, saying it was in response to yearnings of citizens for local policing apparatus to check rising security challenges in the state.
The committee is State Community Policing Advisory Committee (SCPAC).
At the ceremony held at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, Makinde said that raising the committee was aimed at deepening the security architecture in the state to enable insecurity issues to be nipped in the bud.
According to him, the committee would help to bolster community policing to check criminal activities and assist the Police and other security agencies to provide and ensure the sustainability of a crime-free society.
He recalled that community policing was the subject of the earlier South-West Security Summit held in Oyo State, under the auspices of the Inspector-General of Police.
The governor explained that the inauguration of the committee, therefore, was one of the many steps his administration was taking to build on the security architecture of the state.
He noted that members of the committee reflected the qualities of professionalism, character, competence, leadership, maturity, experience, and diversity expected of such a high-powered assemblage, saying it could not be otherwise because this is an urgent state assignment that requires sacrifice, dedication, tact and wisdom.