The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, said the Police Television series, entitled “Beyond Your Sight’’, would bridge the gap between the police and the public. Arase, who said this at the premiere of the series on Wednesday in Abuja, added that it would advance the social component of policing in the country.
He said that under his leadership, the police have aligned with best international practices where Television series highlighting exploits of police are utilised to strengthen internal security. “These television series, therefore will document the landmark operational, intelligence, investigative and prosecutorial exploits of the police over the years,” he said.
Arase explained that the aim was to showcase the professional capacity and achievements of the police as a strategy to restore public confidence in the Nigeria Police Force (NPF). He said that in spite of the institutional challenges, his leadership had laid pathways for the evolution of a new police. “It is my expectation that in the long term, the TV series being premiered today will aid the rebranding process of the force, enhance personal security of citizens,” he said.
He commended the Force Public Relations section for the strong commitment towards guiding the initiative to fruition. In a remark, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, said that the Army would continue to support the police to provide security in the country.
He said that the police have been in the forefront in the fight against insurgency in the North East. Buratai described the Nigeria police as one of the best trained in Africa. Speaking also, the Special Adviser to the President on Media, Mr Femi Adesina, said the initiative was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision for the country.
He described the Television series as one of the landmarks that would be left behind by the Inspector-General of police. Earlier, the police spokesperson, acting Assistant Commissioner of Police, Olabisi Kolawole, called on the public to support the initiative for it to be sustained.
She said that the initiative was the first in the annals of NPF’s history. NAN reports that the Television series documents, serialises and disseminates landmark operational, intelligence, investigative and prosecutorial exploits of the police.