Police Services Department
POLICE SERVICES DEPARTMENT (PSD)
The Police Service Department is one if the operational departments of the Ministry saddled with the responsibility of policy, administration, operational and welfare maters of the Nigeria Police Force. The Department is headed by a Director and comprises two divisions namely; Police Equipment and Projects and Policy and Police Council. It currently has a total staff strength of 40 inclusive of 5 Directorate level Officers.
In broad terms, it is charged with the following responsibilities:
- Formulation and Implementation of policies on matters relating to programmes and projects of the Nigeria Police Force;
- Preparation of memoranda in respect of Police programmes, projects and equipments;
- Technical assistance and support for the Nigeria Police Force;
- Monitoring the overall implementation of policies, programmes and projects relating to the Nigeria Police Force;
- Preparation of periodic and annual reports on the progress and implementation of Police Programmes, Projects and procurements;
- Handling matters relating to the insurance of Assets of the Nigeria Police Force;
- Liaison with the office of the secretary to the Government of the federation on matters relating to Police council;
- Liaison with the Nigeria Police Force on matters relating to the schedule of the Department; and
- Any other matter assigned by the Permanent Secretary.
Within the three years of President Muhammadu Buhari Administration, the Ministry through the Police Services Department was able to perform several activities that led to recording the following achievements:
Establishment of the Nigeria Police Reform Trust Fund
The Ministry through the Police Services Department has concluded all arrangements for the establishment of the Nigeria Police Force Reform Trust Fund which is the body that is to be vested with the management of the Reform program of the Nigeria Police Force. It is to be established by an Act of Parliament in order to provide the fund with the requisite legal authority required to undertake its mandate of mobilizing support from local and international sources and the general administration of the Reform program. The draft Bill on the Establishment of the Trust Fund was earlier submitted to the Sixth Legislative Session but could not be passed into law before the end of the Legislative year.
Nigeria Police Crime Data and Incidence Data-Base Project (NPCDIPD)
The Ministry was also through this Department able to embark on Crime Data and incidence Data-Base project for the Nigeria Police force. The project was launched by His Excellency, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria – Professor Yemi Osinbajo GCON, at the proposed site, Police Headquarters Abuja, on 1st September, 2016.
The scope of the project encompasses – Case Management System, Criminal Biometric Identification System, Mobile Enrolment System (for Data Collection at Crime Scene), National Data Processing & Storage Recovery Centre’s at Abuja and Lagos respectively.
The project when functional would be a technological innovation for collecting, gathering and storing criminal biometric and forensic information data for the use of Nigeria Police, as well as other security agencies and organizations such as Inland Revenue Services, Banks, Immigration and Custom Services. The Project is to cover 12 Police Zonal Commands, 36 State Commands and FCT, as well as 774 Local Government Areas of Nigeria.
THE EXPANSION OF THE APCO/ASTRO 25 Digital Communication project of the Nigeria Police Force from ABUJA to North Central State
One of the milestones recorded by Ministry through Police Services Department in the three years of president Muhammadu Buhari Administration is the expansion of APCO/ASTRO 25 digital communication infrastructure. It is a digital trunked radio communication system and the project is to enhance communication capability of the Nigeria Police Force [NPF] to tackle crime and other criminal vices. The project is the second phase to be implemented in the north central states of Nasarawa, Kaduna, Plateau, Benue, Niger and Kogi.
The Honorable Minister of Interior, Lt Gen (Rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau CFR, PHD said that the objective of the project in the zone is as a result of the escalation of terrorism and cattle rustling, resulting in communal clashes, and being in proximity to the Federal Capital Territory. The project is on going with preliminary survey on states under the project completed and report submitted to the ministry.
THE NATIONAL POLICY ON PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY
The implementation of this project which is domiciled in policy and Police Council Divisions is jointly supervised by the two divisions in the Department. It is however important to note that the project was conceived in order to achieve a streamlined and coordinated delivery of safety and security matters to the citizenry. The policy document will address the following
- Provides roles [and actions – guidelines ] for security agencies , corporate entities, communities and individuals with regards to public safety and security
- Assign roles and responsibilities to both formal and informal stakeholders in matters pertaining to public safety and internal security;
- Ensure appropriately streamlined engagement and rules of engagement of securities agencies in public safety issues;
- Recommend efficient resource mobilization, utilization and synchronization in matters relating to public safety and internal security; and
- Suggest a roadmap for security agencies and other stakeholders towards the attainment of optimum public safety and internal security in the country.
The Ministry is now working towards presenting a memorandum to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for consideration and approval for the implementation of the National Policy on Public Safety and Security Document.
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