The Nigeria Police says that the Community Policing Service would be strictly voluntary and recruited constable would not be entitled to renumeration.
State Police Commissioners had following an order from the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, started meeting with traditional rulers and community leaders for the community police recruitment.
The IGP had order state commissioners to setup screening committees for recruitment of constables in communities across the nation.
The police however noted that the initiative is meant for Nigerians who are already employed as they would be no payments.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Frank Mba, the Public Relation Officer of the Nigeria Police Force, in his statement noted that the community constables would not be paid any salaries, which is why only employed Nigerians would be recruited.
“The special constables will not be on basic salary, but they would be paid stipends or allowances. That explains the reason the target is not unemployed persons, but employed people like journalists, lawyers, doctors, teachers, traders and those who are gainfully employed,” the police spokesman said.
“The special constables are people who can give us part of their time. That is why it is modelled after the United Kingdom community policing system where people volunteer to provide services,” he added.
The Ebonyi State Police Commissioner, Sola Awotinde, who spoke to The Punch noted that Nigerians were already misunderstanding the community policing project.
Read his statement below (as seen on The Punch);
“We have not been given the green light to recruit anybody. We are just at the committee level. I mean the committee that will screen the would be special constables. No command has been given the go-ahead to commence the said recruitment. The Force Headquarters has not done that.
“It is the headquarters that would say go ahead and we will start. But no command has been given such an order. The first stage is screening and we are just setting up the screening committee.
“And please, people should be told this truth and sound it clear to them; it is not remuneration-based job. It is voluntary. It is just going to be like the special marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps.
“It is for those who are gainfully employed or self-employed. There is no salary for anybody in the community policing scheme. People are misconstruing it to mean another job opportunity and I have received so many calls over this.
“It is not a paid job. Again, it is a voluntary job. And there is nothing like recruitment of constables. Also those to be engaged must be between the age of 21 and below 50.”
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