Police To Establish Quick Intervention Squad — Acting IGP

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Mr. Olukayode Egbetokun, the acting inspector general of police, has announced that the Nigeria Police will create a Quick Intervention Squad to combat the threat of crime and criminality.

During his inaugural session with Strategic Police Managers, which included officials with the rank of Commissioner of Police and above, Egbetokun said this in Abuja.

“The Nigeria Police Force under my command, in its quest to stamp out violent crimes and their detrimental and debilitating effects on the security and safety of our society, will forge ahead to tackle the menace of crimes and criminality head on,” he said.

“This will be done with the establishment of a specialised Quick Intervention Squad, which will comprise combat ready Police Mobile Force personnel with effective and enhanced training in crisis de-escalation and violent crime reduction strategies.”

“This will lead to a review of the engagement patterns of the Police Mobile Force in a bid to restore the days of glory of the Police Mobile Force as a punching arm of the Police,” he said.

The IG said his administration would embrace innovation and technology as powerful allies in the fight against crime.

According to him, the world is evolving at an unprecedented pace, and so the Nigeria Police should adapt to the evolving landscape of crime.

He said criminals were presently more sophisticated, more organised and more ruthless than ever before.

Egbetokun said the Nigeria Police would leverage cutting-edge tools, data analytics and intelligence networks to stay one step ahead of criminals, seeking to disrupt the peace of the country.

The IG said this would be achieved through a robust and effective human and technical intelligence-gathering process to enhance the capacity of personnel.