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The Nigerian police force which was created in 1930 has grown so big in terms of both weaponry and manpower and as well as their moral values. It has been established that a good number of the Mopol force will go a long way to reduce the crime rate.
The Nigerian police force just like the Nigerian army is based on Land and is mostly concerned with maintaining law and order, combat crime, and coordinating peace and harmony for the benefit of the good people of Nigeria.
In respect of their numerical strengths, the police force also has incredible manpower. The manpower of the police force has an incredible amount of 371,800 persons.
The Nigerian Mopol force still seeks to add more persons to make up to 650,000 by adding more and more recruits so as to be able to perfectly coordinate and police the large population of Nigeria.
Functions of the Nigerian Mopol Force
The functions of the Nigerian police force is very vast and covers and controls several parts of human lives. So here are some well-stated functions of the Nigerian police force:
- They ensure crimes are prevented and they help to detect upcoming crimes as well
- Assure protection of human lives and properties
- Arresting of criminal and bandits
- Preservation of peace and order
- Serves as an executive by enforcing the law
- Protection of the public
- Prosecution of offenders
Branches in the Nigerian Police Force
The legal entity; the Nigerian police force is a very big organization that has a lot of branches that help it disseminate the duties and functions efficiently. So here are some of the branches in the Nigerian police force;
• Forensic science laboratory
Forensic science has a very important role in the aspect of the criminal justice system by giving scientifically related information through scrutinizing of physical evidence.
The personal of the Nigerian police officers here is drawn from different groups to put heads together to fight corruption and conspiracy among policemen.
• Anti-human trafficking unit
The unit ensures polices are always well-prepared and investigate human trafficking cases including sexual exploitation, Forced criminal activities such as pickpocketing or online crime, and forceful removal of organs.
• General investigation
They attend to calls and give emergency first aid to accident victims. Detectives take part in investigations such as collecting evidence.
• Legal section
Police officers in senior positions that do duties assigned by law or by a lawful order to any officer.
• Special anti-robbery squad
The unit is concerned with crimes related to armed robbery, car snatching, kidnapping, and crimes associated with firearms.
• Special fraud unit
This unit act as an internal resource within the police department, conducting research and investigation into probable fraud activity.
Salary Structure of the Nigerian Mopol Force
The monthly salary of the police force is very good compared with some other law enforcement agencies. The Nigerian police officers with their lowest being the new recruit and the highest being the Inspector general of police goes home with a sizeable amount of money as salary every month end.
This is Irrespective of this fact the recruits of the Nigerian police force still receive a reasonable amount of money as their monthly salary which increases as they ascend to higher positions.
1. Police Recruit
Salary per month – N9,019.42
Annual Salary – N108,233
2a. Police Constable Grade Level 03
Salary per month – N43, 293.80
Annual Salary – N519,525.6
2b. Police Constable Grade Level 10
Salary per month – N51,113.59
Annual Salary- N613,363.08
3a. Police Corporal On Grade 04 (1)
Salary per month – N44,715.53
Annual Salary – N536,586.36
3b. Police Corporal On Grade Level 04 (10)
Salary per month- N51,113.59
Annual Salary – N613,365.08
4a. Police Sergeant On Grade 05 (step1)
Salary per month – N48,540.88
Annual Salary – N582,490.56
4b. Police Sergent On Grade 05 (step 10)
Salary per month – N55,973.84
Annual Salary – N671,686.08
5a. A Sergeant Major On Grade 06 (step 1)
Salary per month – N55,144.81
Annual Salary – N661,737.72
The Rank of the Nigerian Police
Here are the ranks in the Nigerian police force:
• Inspector General
• Deputy Inspector-General of Police
• Assistant Inspector-General of Police
• Commissioner of Police
• Deputy Commissioner of Police
• Assistant Commissioner of Police
• Chief Superintendent of Police
• Superintendent of Police
• Deputy Superintendent of Police
• Assistant Superintendent of Police
• Inspector of Police
• Sergeant Major