Federal government trains 25,000 gendarmes for community policing Nigeria news
- Community policing is a concept that is rapidly gaining traction in Nigeria, especially among the police force.
- His model emphasizes proactive rather than reactive policing and the Nigerian police seem to be focused on achieving it.
- The police minister said about 25,000 trained officers will be deployed across the country to monitor situations that arise in communities
FCT, Abuja – Police Affairs Minister Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi revealed that as part of the implementation of the Buhari administration’s community policing initiative, around 25,000 gendarmes have been trained at several police colleges across the country. country.
He made this known during the 2nd ministerial press conference held at the Nigerian police headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday, August 24 and in the presence of a Legit.ng journalist.
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What are the advantages of community policing?
The minister said the officers retained had been trained in basic police duties, modern intelligence gathering techniques and the rule of law.
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He added that they have been deployed to their home local governments to help with intelligence gathering and improve the visibility of the police in their communities.
“Our efforts to achieve the increase in the number of police officers / citizens, (418) Officer Cadets of Regular Course 3 were successfully graduated in June 2021 and deployed into the operational asset of the Nigerian Police.”
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He noted that his ministry through the Nigerian Police Force was engaged in the reorganization and reform of tactical police squads.
According to him, while the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was disbanded, the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) was created in October 2020 to meet the aspirations and aspirations of citizens.
He said the officers selected for SWAT were trained at the new Mobile Police Training College in Ende Hills, Nasarawa state.
Dingyadi pointed out that reform became necessary following the #EndSARS protest to reform the tactical operational equipment of the police.
He noted that the government remains committed to the sustainable implementation of the legitimate demands of the protesters, which has led to the establishment of judicial commissions of inquiry, to listen to complaints against police offenses in various states of the federation. .
In his message of goodwill, Interior Minister Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola praised Dingyadi for showing and signifying the cardinal agendas of the current administration.
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What is the meaning of community policing?
According to the United States Department of Justice, community policing is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies that support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to safety concerns. public.
These problems are crime, social unrest and fear of crime, as well as other factors that cause insecurity in society.
Meanwhile, the federal government approved more than N4 billion in the 2021 budget for refueling vehicles belonging to the Nigerian Police Force nationwide.
Legit.ng estimated that the amount would cover the fuel costs of the police commands in the 36 states of the federation and in the territory of the federal capital, Abuja.
The move is also the first in Nigerian history where money is budgeted for fuel for police vehicles.
In a related development, the Nigeria Police Force inaugurated the West African Police Information System (WAPIS) Center in Abuja as an initiative to accelerate the fight against transnational crime.
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The center is located at INTERPOL’s national central office, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
Legit.ng concluded that the establishment of the center in Nigeria is part of an effort by the leadership of the Nigerian Police Force to galvanize a multinational front and support international collaboration and partnership with law enforcement organizations around the world.