Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has advocated that effective community policing is one of the ways to tackle criminal activities in rural areas.
Governor Akeredolu gave the advice during a courtesy visit to the State Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison, at the state Police headquarters in Akure.
Governor Akeredolu, who commended Ondo State Police Command urged the officers and men to discourage loitering by non-uniformed people around check points.
The Governor also said the three area police commands in the state are not enough to tackle the increase in criminal activities and insisted that five area commands were needed for effective policing of the state.
He also expressed concern over shortage of personnel at the Marine police unit in Ilaje and Ese-Odo Local Government Areas and assured the police of more assistance in the area of logistics.
In a remark, Ondo State Police Commissioner, Mrs Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison said it is the goal of the command to re-enact itself in ensuring internal security.
She enumerated the challenges facing the command to include inadequate patrol vehicles, communication gadgets, and the need to renovate of buildings within the command.
Top government officials accompanied the governor on the visit.
Reported by Ondo State Correspondent, Jonah Omorowa.