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9 Functions of the Nigerian Police Service Commission

Here in this post, we are going to give you the 9 functions of the Nigerian Police Service Commission. This information is invaluable to the wider public.

The Nigerian Police Service Commissioner is a federal government parastatsls, established with the responsibility of monitoring or supervising the activities of the Nigerian police force.

Quite interestingly, every organization has its core values working for it, and for such organization to succeed, it must adhere to these core values of the organization. And so, the Nigerian Police force is not exempted.

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The Nigerian Police Force also has its core values that guide them in carrying out their statutory responsibility as security operatives in the country.

Be that as it may, for the Nigerian Police force to effectively comply with the values, it needed a regulatory body to monitor its activities, and this body is known as the Nigerian Police Service Commission.

The Nigeria Police Service Commission will endeavour to make sure that, it functions by guiding the Nigerian police force to comply with the international core values, recognized in the service of policing.

And in complying with this global policing core values, the Nigerian police force must do so with integrity. The Nigerian police force must also make sure that, in all of its activities, the rule of law must prevails both in actions and functions. There must be what they reffered to as strict respect to diversity.

The Nigerian police force also has to inject in its activities, courage, and compassion as well as professionalism. There is what is called, ‘the principles of democratic policing’, therefore, it is expected of the Nigerian Police Service Commission to ensure that, the Nigerian police force operate within these principles of democratic policing in the country, since it is an institution which is responsive, and respresentive as well as, accountable to the Nigerian citizens at all times. Hence, without much ado, let us look at the functions of the Nigerian Police Service Commission.

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Nigerian Police Service Commission’s Functions

At the establishment of the Nigerian Police Service Commission, there were some functions assigned to the Commission to enable it actualize its mandate.

In this article, I am going to itemize these functions of the Nigerian Police Service Commission and explain same in order for one to grasp a better understanding of the functions of the Nigerian Police Service Commission.

Having said that, according to the mandate of the Nigerian Police Service Commission under Article 246(3) of the 2010 Constitution, functions of the National Police Service Commission have been spelled out clearly, and here are there:

1. Develops And Reviews Matters Related To Human Resources Policies

The Nigerian Police Service Commission is saddling with the responsibility of developing policies that are related to human resources in the Nigerian police force.

This happened on the recommendation of the Nigerian Inspector General. On recommendation, such matters are developed and kept under review.

Most importantly, these matters developed and reviewed must also relate to human resources policies of commission members.

2. Determines Appropriate Remuneration And Benefits Of Staff

Good salaries encouraged commitment on the part of the staff towards accomplishing the goals of the Commission hence, there is salaries recommendation.

The Commission will  advise on the Salaries or remuneration of the staff. It is therefore, the Commission function to determine on better and appropriate remuneration and staff benefits.

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3. Approves Applications For Business Engagement By Police Officer

Another function of the Nigerian Police Service Commission is to make sure that, applications for business engagement by police officer are approved.

In approving these businesses and other trades, which are to be engaged by the police officer, the Nigerian Police Service Commission must make sure that such business and trade are in line with the law, which relates to matters of leadership and matters of integrity under Article 80 in the Constitution.

4. Cooperates With Other Departments And Agencies On Matter It Considers Necessary

It is incumbent on the part of the Nigerian Police Service Commission to cooperate with some other Commissions, some other agencies, some other departments, etc which it considered important and necessary, provided they will help the Commission in achieving its mandate.

This is very important, since there is no commission or agency that has the monopoly of knowledge in dealing with problems and challenges.

5. Provides Terms And Conditions For Service, Recruitment And Disciplinary Measures

The Nigerian Police Service Commission is also saddled with the responsibility of making provision for terms and conditions of service and recruitment procedure, as well as disciplinary measures for every staff member. And it is a function, which the Nigerian Police Service Commission has kept over the years.

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6. Developeds Fair And Clear Disciplinary Measures

There are procedures in developing disciplinary measures in almost all organizations, and the Nigerian Police Service Commission is not exempted.

Therefore, one of the functions of the Nigerian Police Service Commission is about ensuring that, fair and clear disciplinary procedures are developed, and such developed procedures are in accordance with the Article 47, which is in line with the constitution.

7. Investigates And Summons Witnesses

One of the functions of the Nigerian Police Service Commission is to investigate into matters brought to its table. Should there be any case that warrant or call for investigations, the Nigerian Police service Commission will swing into action by investigating into the matter, and in most cases, will summon witnesses for the purpose of assisting in the investigations.

8. Exercises Disciplinary Control Over Office Holders

Another function of the Nigerian Police Service Commission is in the area of exercising disciplinary control staff. What the Commission does is to make sure that, every person holding office or acting in any capacity in the service, is subjected to disciplinary control of the Nigerian Police Service Commission. This, of course, is very important, since in will help enforce the values of the Commission.

9. Promotes Values And Principles Of The Nigerian Police Service Commission

This is one function of the Nigerian Police Service Commission, which is quite necessary and important. Every organization that want to excel, and accomplish its mandate must promote such organization’s values and principles, that is why, the Nigerian Police Service Commission has saddled with the responsibility of promoting the values and principles which are enshrined in the Articles 10 and 232 of the Constitution.

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Conclusion

The Nigeria Police Service Commission will has a duty to make sure that, it functions by guiding the Nigerian police force to comply with the international core values, recognized in the service of policing.

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