The Nigeria Police Force has concluded plans to engage thousands of Special Constables to work with conventional policemen in communities. This is part of measures to check rising insecurity in the face of insufficient manpower.
The Force Public Relations Officer Frank Mba, confirmed the plan and explained that the candidates for the constabulary would be between the ages of twenty one to fifty, and must be physically fit and gainfully employed.
The recruitment of the officers has received presidential backing and it is expected to commence soon in Kaduna and other northern states where the traditional emirate and district structures support the system.
It was further learnt that the police had presented the idea to the state governors who were said to have bought into the scheme. The men, 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.