Police to Recruit More Graduates --- Minister

The Police Affairs Minister, Caleb
Olubolade said on Tuesday that to combat
the recent challenges of insecurity,
terrorism, and kidnapping in the country,
the Nigeria Police is set to be
Olubolade, who stated this while presenting
the ministry’s scorecard in the last two
years to the national leadership of the
Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in Abuja,
also demanded for more funds to help the
ministry carry out its plans to reposition
the police.
The minister, a retired Navy Commodore,
explained that his focus as a minister is to
provide adequate and updated training for
the police personnel. “We have to look at
the police intelligence gathering and
training which is key to our focus in this
administration. Police must be given enough
equipment and be protected with bullet
proof vests for them to carry out their
assignments,” he said.
He also stated his ministry’s plan to “raise
the bar” by recruiting into the police,
degree holders especially those with
backgrounds in the sciences. “Fighting
crimes is scientific and we must raise the
bar. That is why we must raise the
qualifications of those who are coming to
direct the affairs of the force,” he said.
The minister said the Police Service
Commission, PSC, will take advantage of the
huge experience of its new Chairman, Mike
Okiro, a former Inspector General of Police,
in the management of the affairs of the
Mr. Olubolade also stated that police is
looking towards strengthening “the concept
of community policing” in order to tackle
criminal activities at the grassroots.

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