Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Patrick Dukumor,
By James Sowole
The Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Patrick Dukumor, yesterday declared that the command lacked adequate logistics like arms and ammunition, riots control equipment among others to carry out policing activities in the state.
Dukumor disclosed this at the command headquarters in Akure, during the familiarisation visit of the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of police, Mr.David Omojola, to the state command.
The commissioner also lamented that the command lacked befitting barracks and patrol vehicles, adding that the current workforce of the command was grossly inadequate.
He lamented that the shortage of manpower had been causing overstretching of available personnel for several hours outside normal duty schedule.
Dukumor urged the AIG to, whenever he had the opportunity, kindly help to alleviate the discomfort and impediments caused by the apparent dearth of essential work tolls in the command.
However, the commissioner commended the officers and men of the command, saying they are some of the best hands the force can boast of.
“They are diligent and reliable under pressure and very energetic in pursuit of their routine and extra activities. They are a highly dedicated workforce, out there every minute of the day to ensure maximum peace in the state.”
While commending the men serving in the state, Dukumor reiterated the warning that any policeman serving in the state who chooses the path of criminality and infamy would be shown the way out of the service.
The commissioner, who highlighted evidence of credibility and reliability of the strategies of the command as reflected in the successes recorded since he assumed office on February 18, 2013, said his winning strategies had been paying off.
Dukumor highlighted the strategies to include the reactivation and intensification of foot and vehicular patrols of the highways and surburbs, protection of key and vulnerable points including strategic government installations, assets and facilities.
He said the command also engaged in credible and pervasive intelligent network sustained through massive deployment of operatives through out the length and breadth of the state and collaboration with relevant stakeholders in line with the concept of community policing.
Responding, the AIG commended the states command for the low crime rate, particularly the efforts of the command in bursting kidnapping cases.
As the 2015 general election approaches, the AIG directed officers and men of the command to identify volatile area in the zone and make sure they are secured before the election.
He urged them to be weary of politicians who may want to use them to achieve their selfish interest during election.
The police boss said the police authorities had restructured the salary of the police across the nation in order to reduce rate ofcorruption among his men, saying the present police authorities had zero tolerance for corrupt officers.
He also highlighted other welfare packages the present leadership of the police had put in place for the men and officers all over the country.