He said his administration was poised to work hard to meet the needs and expectations of the public.
The IG explained that the challenges before the police had been there for a long time, stressing that it would take persistence, partnership and sustained community engagement to change the old ways.
Abubakar spoke at the ‘Connecting with our communities’ seminar for Commissioners of Police organised by the Department for International Development and Justice for All in Abuja on Tuesday.
The police boss told the CPs that their individual commitment would go a long way in achieving the change the police needed.
Abubakar tasked the participants to utilise the knowledge gained from the workshop in their dealings with the public.
He said, “We recognise that building on people’s knowledge and competence applies to everyone in the police. We need officers who are confident and competent to exercise judgment and common sense while on the field.
“Let me reiterate that the communities we serve deserve better service than they are presently getting. This administration is poised to work harder to meet the needs and expectations of the public.”
In a lecture titled ‘Connecting with or communities’, professor of police studies, Olu Ogunsakin, said there appeared to be a mutual distrust between the police and the communities, adding that responsibility of re-engaging, rebuilding and sustaining trust rests with the police.
“I am certain some of you (CPs) might be thinking that it is not your responsibility to nurture or re-establish trust with your communities, but let me put it to you this way, without trust, there cannot be real policing,” he said.