By Muhammed Saheed
Nine thousand six hundred ninety-four special constables are set to graduate from 14 training schools across the country. This is after the operatives have gone through a series of training sprang from basic police duties, rule of law, police-community relations, intelligence gathering, and neighbourhood policing, among others, will be deployed to their various communities.
This was made known in a statement by the spokesman, Ministry of Police Affairs, Seyi Odutayo, titled, ‘9,694 special constabularies to be dispatched to communities.’
“A total number of 9,694 special constabularies are graduating in 13 other different training centres across the country simultaneously. What we are witnessing today forms the nucleus of community policing initiative and the reform agenda of Mr. President,” the minister reportedly said.
Dingyade describes the establishment of community policing as one of the “dynamic innovations aimed at bringing policing closer to the people through their participation to effectively curb crime.”
Abdulkarim Dauda, the Commandant, Police College Kaduna, described the ceremony as historic and implored the constables to operate professionally, courageously, and be above board in the discharge of their responsibilities while shunning all forms of corruption.