The Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), on Friday, urged professional women to participate actively in crime prevention in communities, especially those crimes that affect women and girls.
The Chairman of PCRC in Enugu State, Dr Dominic Ezema, made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the end of a two-day Capacity Building Workshop for PCRC members on “Safety and Security Issues” in Enugu.
Ezema said it was appalling that the number of women in PCRC remained “very low’’, adding that
“in a statewide workshop of this nature, having only one female in attendance does not speak well of citizens involvement in fostering security.
“I have given directive to the chairmen of the PCRC in the 17 council areas to get more professional and community-oriented women involved and get them close to police to assist in crime prevention in their communities.
“With good number of women in PCRC and other security volunteer organisations, the issue of rape, maltreatment and violence against women making waves in some communities will be effectively tackled.
“PCRC believes in prevention: I believe that women would come out with robust mechanism toward preventing such acts in the first place in communities.”
The chairman thanked the police command in Enugu State and the Nigeria Policing Programme (NPP) for the two-day lectures and enlightenment for over 100 members of PCRC in the state.
He said “I am grateful that this two-day workshop has solved the issue of the lack of enlightenment among PCRC members and further exposed us to our roles to the police and the public.”
A participant at the workshop, Chief Ejikeme Odumegwu, who is also the Chairman of PCRC in Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State, said that the workshop had been enriching, as practical ways of
assisting the police to secure the environment were showcased.
Odumegwu said that the workshop had exposed him to the essence of partnering the police, working in synergy with them and regarding the police as friends.
He noted that the lectures also exposed the positive reforms taking place in the Nigerian Police.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Mohammed Danmallam, had earlier attributed the drop in crime rate in the state to efforts of PCRC partnership with the police command in the state.
The workshop was organised by PCRC in partnership with Nigeria Policing Programme (NPP). (NAN)