The Police Service Commission yesterday, Wednesday May 8th, 2019, received the acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and the Management team of the Nigeria Police Force who came on a courtesy visit to the Commission. The Commission’s team was led by its Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector General of Police. The nation’s current security challenges and other issues to improve the services of the Nigeria police were x-rayed and a way forward proffered.
Alhaji Smith while receiving the team, said the Commission was aware of the state of insecurity in the country, but noted that the Inspector General and his Management team should not be discouraged, adding that the Commission was ready to assist in finding enduring solution. He said the IGP was on track and should be encouraged to succeed.
The Meeting agreed on a reorganized and viable Federal High Way Patrol Teams throughout the country; a review and withdrawal of excess and unauthorised Police men seconded to some politicians and businessmen; inventory of arms and ammunitions in police custody nationwide; introduction of voluntary Community Support officers in Nigerian Communities and building of more barracks to instil discipline and make personnel available promptly for emergencies.
The PSC Chairman also hinted that the Commission will soon set up an independent Investigative Unit to handle complaints against Police by members of the public a development, the Inspector General said was a step in the right direction so that the Police do not constitute themselves into judges in their own cases.
He also called for detective trainings for serving Police Officers, regretting that many Officers in the investigative units have never attended any detective courses. Other areas of training he recommended were on proper weapon handling, handwriting analysts, ballistics intelligence gathering and others.
The IGP in his response lamented the current practice of not releasing fully approved allocations to the Force, stressing that only 20 per cent of its approved allocation was released in 2018. He noted that the Force has therefore continued to battle with logistics problems, inadequate barracks, poor facilities at training colleges epileptic communication network and grossly inadequate vehicles for effective policing.
He agreed with the Commission on the need for regular meetings between the two organizations to ensure collaborative efforts in the search for peace and improved security in the country.


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