Be­yond salary in­cre­ment for po­lice per­son­nel

Sunday Trust - - VIEWPOINT - Nu­rudeen Dauda wrote from Kaduna, and can be reached at: nu­rudeen­[email protected]

No doubt, our po­lice­men de­serve a bet­ter deal. So, I con­grat­u­late the gov­ern­ment for in­creas­ing the salaries of po­lice­men. But be­yond that, the gov­ern­ment should also look into the is­sue of arms and am­mu­ni­tion. There are re­ports that armed rob­bers have more so­phis­ti­cated equip­ment and that should not be the case.

An­other chal­lenge be­ing faced by the po­lice is short­age of per­son­nel. By the United Na­tions stan­dard, there should be one po­lice­man to 400 peo­ple. Un­for­tu­nately, Nige­ria, with a pop­u­la­tion of about 200 mil­lion peo­ple, has only about 370,000 po­lice­men. The is­sue of pro­mo­tion should also be ad­dressed.

As much as we ad­vo­cate bet­ter wel­fare for the po­lice, we also urge the op­er­a­tives to do more to safe­guard lives and prop­erty. They should be more proac­tive in their ap­proach. They should not al­ways wait for crim­i­nals to strike be­fore they re­spond.

The se­cu­rity per­son­nel should give more em­pha­sis to in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing.

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