Exclusive: Nigeria Police Academy (POLAC) To Admit 800 Cadets In The (RC8) 2020/2021 Academic Session – Ministry Of Police Affairs
The ministry of Police Affairs has disclosed that about 800 cadet officers will be admitted into the Nigeria Police Academy (POLAC) Wudil Kano, in the 2020/2021 academic session (Regular Course 8). This was made known by the minister of police affairs in an interview with the Nation Newspaper.
Dingyadi, the minister of police affairs said; ”in compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on mandatory enrollment of government workers in the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) platform, to block leakages, the ministry supervised the capturing of police personnel and personnel of Police Academy, Wudil and Police Colleges nationwide.
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The ministry, through the Nigeria Police, embarked on trend analysis/statistics on crime data for mapping and deployment of resources. State-of-the-art CCTV cameras were installed in the FCT and Lagos for gradual implementation of the smart policing initiative. This project will be expanded to cover other states of the federation.
The acquisition and deployment of Police Operational/Combat Vehicles and establishment of Police Crime and Incident Centre in December, last year is also an innovative approach toward deepening policing in President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
In addition to the centre inaugurated at Force Headquarters in Abuja, centres in Lagos have been completed and ready for inauguration, while those in Port Harcourt and Kano are near completion.”
The minister also said that manpower deficit in the police also received attention, through collaborative efforts of the ministry, Police Service Commission and Nigeria Police to recruit 10,000 constables approved by the President and Chairman, Nigeria Police Council, President Muhammadu Buhari in gradual fulfilment of United Nation’s recommendation of 1 policeman to 400 citizens.
To this end, the ministry said an additional 40,000 police constables will be recruited in phases, starting with the 10,000 recruit advertisement for the year 2020.
The minister went further to state that about eight hundred cadet officers will be enlisted into the Regular Course eight (RC8) admission process for the 2020/2021 academic year.
Maigari Dingyardi added; ”Enlistment into the officer cadre also received a boost with the passing out and inauguration of 637 cadets by President Muhammadu Buhari on December 12, last year.
While 1,200 Assistant Superintendents of Police/Cadet Inspectors were admitted for this academic session, another set of about 800 cadets will be recruited for the 2020/2021 academic year.
The need to take policing closer to communities through community policing initiative of this administration is being implemented by Nigeria Police through the supervision of the ministry. The idea is to improve on existing police/community partnership to guarantee community ownership of policing efforts, for better intelligence gathering, insulate manpower gaps, resolve communal clashes in affected areas and build goodwill trust and confidence for sound policing.
State and local government implementation committees have been set up in all the states of the federation, while recruitment of constabularies in local government areas is in progress.
Within the last 12 months of the ministry’s re-establishment, several academic programmes at the Nigeria Police Academy in Wudil received accreditation. Such courses include English language, History/International Studies, Law, Accounting, Management Sciences, Political Science, Sociology, Biological Science, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics, with few courses awaiting accreditation.
Capacity building for all cadres of police officers was intensified to acquaint officers with modern policing skills. This was further heightened with the inauguration of the third Police Mobile Force (PMF) Training College in Nasarawa State on August 12, this year for training of PMF personnel, Special Forces and Special Protection Unit.
Similar Mobile Police training facilities will be established across the remaining geo-political zones to build requisite capacity against emerging violent crimes, the ministry said.