The Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Alhaji Musiliu Smith on Friday read riot act to the Nigeria Police Force management.
Smith disclosed his displeasure with the present state of the Force on Friday when the team led by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris met him.
The meeting was the first Smith had with the team since his inauguration by Mr. President on July 25th, 2018.
While rolling out programmes to the team, Smith stressed that they must ensure that the Police Force returns to its glorious days.
According to a statement in Abuja on Friday by the Commission’s Spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, the Commission lamented that promotion courses have been jettisoned in the Police Force with Officers enjoying several promotions without attending the expected training programmes attached with each rank.
The Commission also stated that it will no longer consider officers recommended for promotion who have not attended requisite training programmes and passed prescribed examinations required for their next rank.
Smith announced that one of the conditions for promotion must be attendance and passing the senior Command Course for senior officers and other prescribed courses for others.
He said: “Henceforth, result of performance of Officers from appropriate training courses must be attached to the recommendation to the Commission for promotion, if not, the recommendation will not be considered”.
The Chairman also advised that every Police Officer should be a licensed driver so that during operations, the sudden incapacitation of the team’s driver should not necessarily pose a serious danger to the rest of the team.
He also spoke on Police postings and frowned at the rampant and irregular postings of officers, stressing that an Officer should be allowed to stay at a new post between two to three years.
The Commission’s chairman while expressing displeasure on the long stay of Officers posted to the Police Mobile Force, where he said some Officers overstay, called for a stop to the practice.
The PSC Chairman also expressed concern at the indiscriminate conversion of Police Specialists to General Duty without due consideration to their valuable role in the Force.
“There is official procedure for conversion and henceforth, this should be strictly followed. Officers recruited to work in the workshop, signals and other professional Departments/Units should be left and encouraged to pursue their career progression from there since their services are also needed by the Force”
He directed the IGP to revisit recently carried out conversions, and return them to their special departments they belong to adding that new nominal roll will soon be demanded.
On Police uniforms, Smith called for a harmonized method of producing them so that it will be the same from a reputable source.
He made a case for a standard and modern barracks which he said will enhance effective community policing.
The Chairman also directed the IGP to look into the physical fitness of his men in order to address the growing population of pot bellied Police Officers.
On his part, the IG reaffirmed his determination to transform the Nigeria Police to a more people-friendly, disciplined, effective and efficient police Force bearing in mind the change agenda of Mr. President.
He noted that discipline “which is the foundation upon which the Nigeria Police Force is built will be continuously sustained.
He solicited the support of the Commission to ensure that the highest level of discipline is elicited from members of the Force.
IGP Idris reminded the Commission of his recommendation of some AIGs to be promoted to DIGs to replace the retired ones.
He said the promotion will help the Force to continue to pilot the affairs of the force at the strategic level and also assist the Police in preparing for the speedily approaching Osun State gubernatorial election and the 2019 general election.
He also urged the Chairman of the Commission to use his good office to get assistance for the Police from the federal government to enable the Force surmount some of its encumbrances.