Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police Usman Baba Alkali.
Treading sure-footedly in modernising the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Inspector-General of Police Usman Baba Alkali has inaugurated a database to capture the biometric and records of all the country’s serving and retired police personnel.
The Police SmartForce Database Management Centre was inaugurated by Mr. Alkali on Wednesday in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
In a statement, by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Chief Superintendent of Police Olumuyiwa Adejobi, explained that the centre was to ensure proper and accurate records of personnel for easy tracking and deployment to operational areas.
Adejobi said that the idea was also to ease administrative bottlenecks.
The SmartForce, with storage servers, according to him, is domiciled in the Nigeria Police Force National Command and Control Centre.
“The system will aid in planning for the deployment of personnel, budgetary-related issues, tracing and identification of personnel.
“It will also ease the retrieval of records as it relates to serving and retired police personnel,” he said.
The Force spokesperson said that the Police chief also inaugurated ongoing training of Police Public Relations Officers (PPROs) and Information Communications Technology (ICT) personnel from 36 states and the FCT.
He explained that the training was on the handling of the gadgets provided for data capturing of all personnel.
Adejobi pointed out that the gadgets include modernised hi-tech biometric machine with features such as fingerprint scanner and facial recognition application.
Noting that that the database was in line with Alkali’s vision of having a police force driven by cutting-edge technology, the FPRO said that the IGP directed all commands and formations to overhaul the old system and switch to the digitalised process.
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