The acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali, has said the police under his leadership would improve the security situation in the country.

He also said he would prioritise and put community policing in practice.

The IGP stated this on Wednesday after his decoration by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, at the State House, Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday named Mr Alkali as the new acting Inspector General of Police.

He replaced Mohammed Adamu whose tenure expired in February but was extended for three months.

Mr Adamu did not ,however, stay for the three months.

Mr Alkali said the theoretical aspect of community policing was started by his predecessor but assured that it would be properly practised under his leadership.

Many Nigerians have persistently called for community policing in the country in addition to the Nigeria Police Force.

This, they believe, would help in tackling the problems of insecurity that have bedevilled many parts of the country.

As part of measures adopted to consolidate efforts aimed at containing the security situation in the country, the federal government recently approved the sum of N13.3 billion for the take-off of the Community Policing initiative across the country.

Some governors, especially in the south-west region of the country, have set up a regional security network code named ‘Amotekun’ to help beef up security in the region.

The police also recently recruited special constables, also known as community policing officers, to be deployed to various communities in the country.