- The police have disclosed that constables to be used for community policing will not be receiving salaries
- Frank Mba, police spokesman, said the special constables who will be working on a volunteer basis will, however, be paid stipends
- The police spokesperson also said it is welcome if any state governor decides to give the volunteers extra pay to serve as motivation
As the Nigerian police gear up efforts to establish community policing, the federal security agency has disclosed that those who will be recruited for the initiative will be paid salaries.
Those recruited into the initiative will be working on a volunteer basis and will be getting stipends, Frank Mba, police spokesman, said.
The Cable reports that Mba added that only employed persons would be absorbed into the service.
Legit.ng gathers that the police spokesperson noted that the decision to pay the special constables stipends is to encourage the spirit of patriotism among Nigerians.
Mba said that the community policing initiative is not new, adding that it has just been abandoned for a very long time.
“The special constabulary is a voluntary service. They are not full-time police officers so they cannot be paid salary, but they would be paid allowances," he said.
Mba said anyone who is willing to join the community policing initiative must have a separate source of livelihood as it is just a volunteer service.
He added that member of any profession can volunteer for the complimentary police service, adding that it is a part-time job involving intelligence gathering, crowd control, etc.
Mba, however, said it is welcome if any state governor decides to give the volunteers extra pay to serve as motivation.
Legit.ng had in July 2019 reported that the inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu, disclosed that the force will recruit 40,000 Community Policing Officers (CPOs).
According to Adamu, the CPOs are expected to complement the police in law enforcement functions within their localities by performing low-risk and non-sensitive duties.
Another function of the CPOs, Legit.ng gathers, is to bridge the gap between the force and members of the public.
Meanwhile, as the debate on the Operation Amotekun Initiative established by the southwest governors continues, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state, on Thursday, January 30, made a fresh update on the new security outfit.
The governor promised that Nigeria would begin to reap reward of the Operation Amotekun very soon.
Legit.ng gathered that he made the disclosure during the opening of a three-day annual general conference of Cherubim and Seraphim Unification Church of Nigeria, entitled: Enlarge the place of thy tent, at the sacred Cherubim and Seraphim Church general headquarters’ secretariat, Ashi, Orita Bashorun area of Ibadan, the capital of the state.
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