Richard Ginika Izuora
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has decried the low number of Police officers manning the metropolis which has led to escalating insecurity and criminality.
“We believe Lagos State is under-policed in terms of the ratio. We believe that the population is also growing but we do not have the same growth in terms of the number of police officers that we have. That is some of the places where the imbalance lies,” Sanwo-Olu said on Channels Television Sunday Politics, January 25, while explaining his government’s efforts at combating crime.
“If we can get the ratio right, if we can get the proportion right, then we can see a lot more activity; you can see a quicker response time between when it (crime) happens and when they respond.”
However, Governor Sanwo-Olu explained that security officers will continue to get the government’s backing despite their low numbers.
“The minimum I can do is to up the skills and up the infrastructure and the equipment for the number we have in the Lagos State Command,” he said. “We give them all the support that they require.”
He explained that there are ongoing conversations with the Federal Government on the adoption of community policing; as a means to tackle insecurity in Lagos State and the country at large; stressing that community-based policing has worked well in other parts of the world.
According to Sanwo-Olu, his government is adopting technology in the fight against crime in Lagos State.
“We are doing a 2,000 high definition CCTV camera infrastructure architecture in the state,” the governor said; noting that the project has started.
“Technology is one of the things we believe we can use as a strong tool to help the security architecture; and make them do their work well.”