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Police to start recruiting pastors, imams, others as part-time officers from August

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As part of efforts to end cases of killings and kidnappings in the South, the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) will in August begin the recruitment of 40,000 part-time constables to complement full-time police officers.

Confirming the development, the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, explained that at least 50 persons would be recruited from each of the 774 local government areas in the country, adding that the recruitment exercise might kick off in August.

The police had in May presented the idea to the state governors who were said to have bought into the scheme.

The men, who will not be armed, are expected to handle charge room and administrative duties, crowd control, accident scene duties, alternative dispute resolution and other less sensitive and less risky functions.

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Mba stated, “Our focus is to pursue a technologically-driven Police Force to reduce the number of policemen on the road.

“So, we have decided to introduce the special constabulary system which involves the recruitment of voluntary citizens to work as part-time policemen.

“They would be recruited from their immediate constituency where they would work with the conventional policemen.

The Nigerian Police Force currently have over 300,000 policemen out of which significant number are guarding political officer holders and VIPs.

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