Nigeria Police Academy school fees and training in 2024

Nigeria Police Academy school fees and training in 2024

The Nigeria Police Force is the lead security agency and the primary law enforcement body in Nigeria. Those looking to join the country's police force have to pass through the Nigeria Police Academy. The academy trains individuals to make the country safer and create a conducive environment for economic growth and development. One of the most pertinent queries regarding joining the country's police force involves the Nigeria Police Academy school fees and training.

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The Nigeria Police Force is the lead security agency in Nigeria. Photo: @Nigeria Police Academy (modified by author)
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The Nigeria Police Academy provides comprehensive training programs that cover various aspects of policing, including law enforcement, crime prevention, investigation, and community engagement. The goal is to produce well-rounded officers capable of handling the diverse challenges faced by law enforcement.

The academy's history

The academy's history dates back to the early 1980s when the Nigerian government requested the British to avail some police officers who would assess Nigeria's training needs for an active police force. The British team submitted its report in 1982 detailing the country's police training needs.

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As a result of the report, the police training academy was created in 1988 with two temporary campuses in Kaduna and Kano. The Kaduna campus provided training for cadet ASPs, while the one in Kano was for cadet inspectors.

In 1996, the two campuses were merged into the present single institution that is now located in Wudil, Kano.

Nigeria Police Academy school fees and other requirements

The POLAC admission is highly competitive. Prospective candidates undergo a rigorous selection process, including a written examination, physical and medical screenings, and an interview. Here is a look at the institution's fee structure, courses, and entry requirements.

How much is the police academy school fee?

Students at the Nigeria Police Academy are not usually charged anything in terms of school fees. The government even goes as far as paying some enrollees for the academy. This often works quite well for students coming from poor backgrounds.

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However, all applicants are expected to pay ₦3,500 for the application form. This amount is non-refundable and is often paid before one can be considered for entry into the academy. All potential applicants can procure the form once they confirm having met the JAMB cut-off mark for their year.

What are the requirements for Police Academy in Nigeria?

Here is a look at the admission requirements outlined in the Nigeria Police Academy portal.

  • All applicants must have valid Nigerian citizenship and be aged between 17 and 22 years at the time of application.
  • Male applicants must be at least 167 centimetres (5 feet 6 inches) tall, while females must be 162 centimetres (5 feet 4 inches) tall. The latter must also have an expanded chest size of not less than 34 inches for those aged between 21 and 22.
  • All candidates must be free from any mental or physical disability.
  • Candidates should have at least six credits on their Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination conducted by the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB), National Examinations Council (NECO), or the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).
  • An applicant must have obtained a credit pass or higher in mathematics, English, and subjects relevant to their course of choice.
  • A candidate must obtain satisfactory scores in an interview, written examination, psychological tests, and physical tests.
  • One must have satisfactory JAMB results before procuring the application form. Typically, this score is not less than 180 in the relevant UMTE. It is advisable to make the Nigeria Police Academy your first-choice institution when doing the JAMB registration.
  • The academy will not accept SSCE certificates or result statements from 2016 and earlier.
  • Admission into the academy is made on a quota basis in which each state gets 12 slots.

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Nigeria Police Academy courses

In 2012, the government of Nigeria upgraded the NPA into a degree-awarding institution. Following the move, the National Universities Commission recognized the academy as the 37th federal university and the 124th university in the country.

The police academy in Nigeria has four faculties, subdivided into multiple departments. Here is a detailed look.

Faculty of Management and Social Science

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Nigeria Police applicants are expected to pay ₦3,500 for the application form Photo: @Nigeria Police Academy (modified by author)
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This faculty trains students for bachelor's degrees under the following departments.

  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Social Works
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Banking & Finance
  • Department of Accounting

Faculty of Arts

Here is a look at the different departments under the academy's Faculty of Arts

  • Department of Yoruba
  • Department of Igbo
  • Department of History & International Relations
  • Department of Hausa
  • Department of French
  • Department of English Language

Faculty of Science and Technology

The Faculty of Science and Technology provides training for degrees under the following departments.

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  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Biochemistry

Faculty of Law

The police academy also has the Faculty of Law, which provides training for a general law program. Every student who successfully completes their studies in the academy is awarded a bachelor's degree in law.

Is police form out for 2024?

The 2024 application form has not been released. You can stay updated with official announcements to know when the recruitment form will be out. One needs to purchase an RRR code for ₦3,500, after which they can then create an account, fill the form, and submit it for consideration.

How to apply for POLAC 2024?

The application process is conducted online. Applicants can follow the steps below:

  1. Visit the official POLAC recruitment portal.
  2. Create an account by providing your details.
  3. Fill out the online application form and upload all the required support documents.
  4. Print your completed online forms and guarantor forms and submit them at the admission physical/examination screening centers.

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Note: The Nigeria Police Academy admission form is officially closed. You can only access the recruitment portal once they have an open application.

How to get a POLAC invitation slip?

POLAC portal
The POLAC portal. Photo:
Source: UGC

You can download and print your POLAC invitation slip online. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the official POLAC portal.
  2. On the page's right side, click "Print slip".
  3. Enter your National Identification Number (NIN).
  4. Click "Preview" to print your confirmation slip.

How long is police academy training in Nigeria?

Cadet inspector and ASP programs run for 18 months (72 weeks), a period that is subdivided into three six-month learning stages: basic, intermediate, and advanced. Here is a look at the courses covered throughout this training.

  • Screening/documentation, oath-taking, and attestation
  • Police Duties
  • Laws, criminal procedure, and criminal law of evidence
  • First aid
  • Drill courses
  • One-month attachment

What happens after graduation?

Graduates of the NPA can serve in multiple sectors of the economy. These include a wide range of commercial organizations. Additionally, they can also join the Nigeria Police Force in the rank of Assistant Superintendent.

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What is the height requirement for POLAC?

One must have a height of not less than 5 feet 6 inches or 167 centimetres for males and 5 feet 4 inches or 162 centimetres for women.

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