IGP Announces Establishment Of Quick Intervention Squad

In Breaking News, Crime, Reports

By Vanguard Newspaper

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 in Abuja during his inaugural conference with Strategic Police Managers, consisting of officers from the rank of Commissioners 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 to restore 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 organized, 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 IGP 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 IGP said his administration would also prioritize the enhancement of the Nigeria Police training curriculum with a special focus on attitudinal and behavioral changes for recruits and reorientation programs for serving officers.

The police boss said the idea was to further refine the perception of officers to concepts of human rights, the 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 a negative mentality and a high tendency for violence from recruits.

The IGP said his administration would also make a case for improved welfare for officers to ensure the availability of resources, training, 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.

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