Governor Diri tasks Bayelsa Community Safety Corps on professionalism

The first batch of six hundred and three trainees under the Bayelsa State Community Safety Corps has been inaugurated by Governor Douye Diri in Yenagoa, the state capital.

The Corps came into existence in December twenty- twenty -one when Governor Diri signed the bill establishing it into law.

It streamlines the operations of the state’s security outfit, Operation Doo-Akpo,  Bayelsa State Volunteers and Bayelsa Vigilante into an umbrella body.

The personnel are mandated to work closely with security agencies in the protection of lives and property.

Speaking at the launch/graduation ceremony, Governor  Diri enjoined them to  operate within the rules of engagement and not operate as tax collectors, settlers of land disputes or domestic issues but rather work with statutory security agencies to rid the state of criminals.

He also urged security agencies to work in synergy with the corps as they would be invaluable in crime fighting in the rural areas.

Governor Diri noted that its establishment was in line with his administration’s mantra of prosperity where Bayelsans and other residents would live and work without fear due to crime.

In an address, the Chief Security Coordinator/Coordinator,Bayelsa Community Safety Corps, Brigadier General Eric Angaye retired said the Corps bill was signed into law in line with the state government’s commitment to fight crime in the state and the need to spread policing to the hinterlands.

He explained that the 603 corps members were drawn from the one hundred and fivr wards of the state after a rigorous selection exercise and subjected them  to nine weeks training at the Sports Academy at Asoama in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area.

The state coordinator said they were trained in intelligence gathering, driving, unarmed combat among others.

According to Angaye, they will be deployed in various communities to collaborate with security agencies in protecting government assets and infrastructure as well as check criminal activities.

Highpoint of the ceremony was the inauguration of patrol vehicles and motorcycles for the use of the Corps by the governor.