The Ministry of Police Affairs on Sunday, stated that about 9,694 persons have graduated as pioneer special constables for community policing programme. It also said that the officers are ready to be deployed to their communities.THE NATIONS EXPRESS gathered that the information was disclosed by the acting Director/head Press and
Public Relations unit, Odutayo Oluseyi, on Sunday.
Odutayo, while noting that the persons graduated in 13 different training centers across the country, said that they were trained in basic policing duties, intelligence gathering, concept of the rule of law, basic knowledge of Human Rights and consequence of abuse of office in a democratic setting, amongst others.
The Minister of Police affairs, Mohammed Maigari, in the statement, read by Odukayo, expressed his gratitude to the Buhari led administration.
The Minister also said that the graduates will be deployed to their various communities, in a bid to bring Police activities closer to the people.
While affirming the justification of the establishment of Ministry of Police Affairs, the Minister said that community policing in Nigeria is one of the dynamic innovations aimed at bringing policing closer to the people through their participation to effectively curb crime and criminality.
He further said that the knowledge they have acquired on the need for respect of human rights in a democratic setting will be of immense benefits in the discharge of their duties to forestall such infractions, which led to recent #EndSars protest in the country.
He also thanked the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and his management team, state Governors, Local Government Chairmen and stakeholders, who worked collectively to achieve the feat.