ENUGU: The Nigeria Police Force and the media have agreed to foster closer ties to ensure peace and security in the country.
This was part of the resolution at a one-day workshop on Strengthening Police-Media Relationship held the Oakland Hotels, Enugu on Wednesday, organized by the Nigeria Policing Programme in conjunction with Enugu Police Command for media professionals and top police officers in the state.
The workshop is aimed at sustaining the existing cordial relationship between the two bodies in Enugu state.
The 10-point communiqués issued at the end of the event and signed by CSP Eze Matthew (DPO Oji River), Rex Arum (Chairman NUJ Enugu State) and SP Pascal Nwachukwu (Esq, ACArb) (Officer in charge Legal Unit, Enugu police Command agreed among other things that the media and the police are partners in progress and need to work together to mitigate conflicts for the interest of the society.
The communiqué commended the introduction of the Police Public Relations Department which it said has helped boost the relationship between the police and the media.
It affirmed the collaboration of officers and journalists in conflict resolution through sharing of information and and advised media professionals to always verify their reports before to the press.
The resolution of the participants at the workshop also recommended periodic seminars and workshops to enhance effective relationship between the police and the media.
Other issues put at the front burner were the need for the media promote the achievements of the police, “ media in their quest to beat deadline should not breach security lines”, “both the police and the media should eschew over-zealousness in the discharge of their duties” and “That proper identification by media practitioners at scene of incidents and events will minimize conflict with the police”.