JUST IN; Acting IG of Police announces establishment of a new Squad to combat crime
The Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Olukayode Egbetokun said the Nigeria Police will establish a Quick Intervention Squad to tackle the menace of crimes and criminality.
Egbetokun said this on Friday in Abuja during his inaugural conference with Strategic Police Managers, consisting of officers from the rank of Comissioners of Police and above.
“The Nigeria Police Force under my command, in its quest to stamp out violent crimes and their detrimental and debilitating effects on the security and safety of our society, will forge ahead to tackle the menace of crimes and criminality head on.
“This will be done with the establishment of a specialized Quick Intervention Squad which will comprise combat ready Police Mobile Force personnel with effective and enhanced training in crisis de-escalation and violent crime reduction strategies.
“This will lead to a review of the engagement patterns of the Police Mobile Force in a bid torestore the days of glory of the Police Mobile Force as a punching arm of the Police,” he said.
The IGP said his administration would embrace innovation and technology as powerful allies in the fight against crime.
According to him, the world is evolving at an unprecedented pace, and so the Nigeria Police should adapt to the evolving landscape of crime.
He said criminals were presently more sophisticated, more organised and more ruthless than ever before.
Egbetokun said the Nigeria Police would leverage cutting-edge tools, data analytics and intelligence networks to stay one step ahead of the criminals, seeking to disrupt the peace of the country.
The I-G said this would be achieved through a robust and effective human and technical intelligence gathering process to enhance the capacity of personnel.
“By harnessing the power of technology, we can make our streets safer, our investigations more efficient and our communities more resilient.
“We cannot afford to be reactive; we must be proactive in our approaches by equally collaborating with other security agencies, both domestic and international to strengthen our intelligence network,” he added.
The I-G said his administration would also prioritise the enhancement of the Nigeria Police training curriculum with special focus on attitudinal and behavioural changes for new recruits and reorientation programme for serving officers.
The police boss said the idea was to further refine the perception of officers to concepts of human rights, rule of law and citizen-focused policing.
He said the new training curriculum would be produced with inbuilt tests, designed to weed out individuals with negative mentality and high tendency for violence from recruits.
The I-G said his administration would also make a case for improved welfare for officers to ensure the availability of resources, trainings and support necessary to carry out their duties professionally.
“To this end, my administration will intensify collaboration with relevant stakeholders for the resuscitation of the Police Officer Support Unit (POSU) of the Police Medical services.
“This will serve as a confidential support and counseling facility for all police officers,” he said. (NAN)