The Nigeria Police Force will from August begin the recruitment of 40,000 special constables on part-time basis in a bid to checkmate the rising wave of insecurity in the country.
Frank MBA, the Force Public Relations Officer, while confirming the development, said at least 50 persons would be recruited from each of the 774 local government areas in the country.
It would be recalled that the police had said in May this year said that it had concluded plans to engage thousands of Special Constables to work with conventional policemen in communities in order to curb the rising wave of insecurity in the country.
The special constables, 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.
They are expected to dress in police uniform but with a different force number to distinguish them from the regular cops.
According to police authorities, respectable members of the society like pastors, imams, teachers, lawyers, journalists and youths would be considered for the volunteer job.
Mba also disclosed that the constables, after receiving training in police colleges, will work on a part-time basis with regular policemen, adding that this would free up more police manpower to deal with serious operation and other security issues.
Mba said: “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.”
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