Police Seek Channels TV’s Support In Building Public Trust
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, is seeking the cooperation of Channels Television in building a people-oriented police force.
The police boss revealed this on Thursday in a meeting with the Chairman of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh, at the corporate headquarters of the company in Lagos.
He spoke on his vision of repositioning the Nigeria Police Force and solicited the cooperation of Channels Television in achieving the goal.
“We are trying to sell the police to the public because without the public understanding us, it will be very difficult for us to be efficient. There is no police force that can operate efficiently and effectively without the cooperation of the public”.
Mr Idris further stressed the need for the police to earn the trust of the people and change the negative perceptions they have about the Force.
“If you look at it, 80% of what people think of the police are perceptions and in order for us to address some of these perceptions, we need to gain your support in trying to sell the positive aspect of the police; what we are doing correctly and what we are doing with excellence”.
In his response, Mr Momoh assured the police boss that Channels Television would continue to support the Force in its efforts to tackle the numerous security challenges facing the country.
The meeting also had in attendance some management and editorial staff members of the company, as well as top police officers including the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Fatai Owoseni.