Nigeria Police upgrades criminal database to the 21st century
The Nigerian Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba has upgraded the criminal information database of the police. This was disclosed in a series of tweets on Tuesday.
Akali Baba recalled in 2020 when the President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned the Police Crime and Incident Database centre.(NPC&IDB) in Abuja. Now with the increasing sophistication of criminals using information technology to perpetuate crimes it was necessary to upgrade the centre. The newly acquired IT tools will provide additional aid to police operatives in acquiring credible electronic solutions in tackling crime.
“The criminal database is to support investigations and strategic operational and tactical planning which would, in turn, facilitate easy identification of suspects, crime location, modus operandi, Global Positioning System (GPS) to geolocate crimes, amongst others.” The police said.
“The database would provide baseline data using ICT and biometrics, stimulate digital crime-fighting techniques, and accessibility to a one-stop data bank for professional profiling of criminal elements and effective crime data management in the Force.”
The Nigeria Police called on the project consultant to fast track training of personnel who will operate the computer systems across zonal, state and divisional commands so they can upload biometric data, case files, investigation and trial data to the central database at Force Headquarters in Abuja.
To effectively carry out this new task the IGP instructed that all Forensic laboratories and digital centres to be upgraded also. Forensic Unit officers of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID) have been ordered to apply the advanced knowledge they acquired from several training workshops in collaboration with other government agencies and foreign agencies.
He also said the Nigeria Police Force developments were in line with his vision of incorporating the latest technology and intelligence led “policing model to operational and investigation functions in consonance with international best practices.”
Akali Baba who was appointed as the IGP in 2021 promised to bestow on Nigerians “a people-oriented, endearing and professional police force.”
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