Police to resume community policing

By Okan Thomas Onyango

The South Sudan National Police spokesperson confirmed the resumption of community policing in the country at the beginning of the New Year.

In an exclusive interview with Juba Monitor in his office, the Spokesperson Maj. Gen. Daniel Justin said the resumption of the community policing that was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic last year will help in combating crimes in the country.

“We expect this year’s security situation to be better because we are launching the resumption of the community policing by forming a police community relations’ committee at the residential areas and these people will be constantly reviewing their areas in terms of security and update us in order to come in and make sure that the residential areas are safe for the citizens,” Gen. Justin.

“We had started with the awareness, talking to people about the community policing because they have certain roles to play before we come in and this actually have been appreciated by many community leaders in their respective areas. We had started from Gurei, Gudele, Munuki, Mauna, Buluk, Juba and we are left with Gumbo respectively. We are planning to resume as long as we will adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures which were put down by the Ministry of Health,” he narrated.

The Senior Security Officer urged the public to continue cooperating with the security forces on ground because they are there to make sure that security prevails, while advising them on reporting crimes immediately to the nearest police stations.

“The reduction in the crimes rates is actually a result of cooperation between the organized forces and the public. The public has been very cooperative with our forces by giving us information timely. The niggers are our children and we need to monitor their activities so that we can reduce the rate of crimes and rescue them from bad behaviors of attacking themselves and so on,” Gen. Justin appealed.

However, he added that over the Christmas and New Year festivals, there were only some minor traffic cases but at most times they are not reported to them because they are just being handled on the streets, adding that no cases of death were reported as a result of road accidents.

“On Boxing Day, it was reported that two young men died in a gang fight in a party at Gumbo after which three youth were arrested. Almost all the States have reported their security situations to be calm apart from the reports of cattle raiding in Rumbek and in Ruweng Administrative Area but no casualties were reported,” he added.

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