The need for reformation of the Nigeria Security Sector becomes very important giving the high level security — community violence as a critical socio-political problem of the country. In fact the political and socio-economic influence on security —citizens (especially the police) violence can be observed in the entrenched hostility between most especially the police and certain segment of the population, such as labour, students, peasant farmer organization, pro—democracy and human rights groups, professional associations and community based advocacy groups, considered to be “enemies” of government.
Also the widespread ignorance and misperception about the role and powers of the Police most especially by the public derived from the historical legacy of using police to suppress the citizens by colonial and post colonial government. Additionally, several institutional problems, in terms of qualitative and quantitative inadequacy of men and women, materials and funding within the Nigeria Police Force despite its role as the coordinating security organization as well as poor and inadequate social infrastructure within the Nigeria society which hitherto militate against security effectiveness, and positive estimation of the police by Nigerian citizens.
The effect of the above was and is still a high level reason of citizens resentment to police and other security forces, even when they are exercising their legitimate powers in the course of legally permissible law enforcement functions and activities. This resentment sometimes precipitates violence against the police by citizens’ as well as reprisals.
Consequent upon this and with the launching and adoption of community Policing by the Federal Government OF Nigeria in 2004 of which COMPPART was the FOUNDATION ADVOCACY PLATFORM, We in furtherance of the goal of the launched Community Policing Project which proposes a framework for effective, civil and accountable police force for Nigeria, that will advance democratic governance, transparent and accountable security services, quality service delivery and respect for human rights carried out series of security sectors reform with the aim of sustaining a framework for effective involvement of civil society in controlling and determining the direction and priority of policing within the different cultural sensibilities and power play of the diverse communities in Nigeria.
NOTE: Community policing has no model anywhere in the world but it can share a set of core values
UNDER THIS PROGRAMME AREA, WE HAVE THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS: