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Nigeria Police Recruitment 2024: Application Form Portal, Requirements and Guide

In this post, we give you all the information you need about the Nigeria Police recruitment 2024. Here you will see the official Nigeria Police recruitment portal, application requirements, and a step-by-step guide on how to apply.

If you are among those teaming Nigerian youths who dream of a career with the Nigeria Police, but don’t know when the recruitment will take place, or the requirements and application guidelines, I’ve got you covered in this post.

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In this post, I am going to take you through the Nigeria Police recruitment process, requirements, application guidelines, overview of the service, when the recruitment comes, and tips to succeed in the entire recruitment process. Whatever you want to know about the detailed guidelines of the Nigeria Police recruitment are covered in this post.

About the Nigeria Police

The Nigeria Police Force, NPF is a national unified force with a central structure headed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) who takes orders from and reports to the presidency. NPF is the number one law enforcement and security agency in Nigeria working under the Ministry of Police Affairs. The law governing and stating the statutory functions of the Nigeria Police is the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Police Act 2020. The Nigeria Police is Headquartered at Louis Edet House, Abuja, Nigeria and has 371, 800 officers in its employ. The Police Force has undergone a series of transformations since it’s formation in the 1930.

According Mazi Mbah C. C. in his book ‘Politics and Law in Africa’, the police has the following discretion:

  1. Use of force
  2. Stop/apprehend and suspect
  3. Decision to arrest
  4. Search and seizure
  5. Confessions

However, agitations are currently ongoing in the country for the establishment of state and local government or community police but the federal government has continuously remained adamant in that regard.

See: 11 Things to Do When Arrested By the Police

Career Overview in the Nigeria Police Force

The Nigeria Police Force has 7 administrative organs, 36 commands across the 36 states of the federation and 12 zones. The 36 commands are headed by commissioners of Police (CPs) and the many divisions and posts in local governments headed by Divisional Police Officers (DPOs). The administrative units of the Nigeria Police Force are as follows:

  • Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Unit: the most important unit of the Nigeria Police
  • Operations Department/Unit
  • Finance and Administration Department/Unit
  • Logistics and Supply Services Department
  • Police Training and Commands Unit
  • The Nigerian Mobile Police Force Unit whose members are specially trained to strategically track down hardened criminals such as highway robbers, international smugglers and drug Dealers.
  • The Special Constabulary Unit who help the Nigeria Police fight crime and assist in the maintenance of law and order.
  • The Traffic Warden Unit who help in traffic control.

The above departments or units of the Nigeria Police Force are headed by the deputy Inspector-Generals of Police while the 9 Zones are headed by Assistant Inspector-Generals of Police.

Recruits into the Nigeria Police undergo a 6 to 9 months training session in one of the police colleges located across the country. They are then deployed into various departments to serve the nation in any state command or local government division. Officers pursue their careers at the various units but subject to deployment as occasion warrants.

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Ranks in the Nigeria Police Force or Hierarchy of Authority

They are:

  1. The Inspector General of Police (IGP) or (IG)
  2. Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG)
  3. Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG)
  4. Commissioner of Police (CP)
  5. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP)
  6. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP)
  7. Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP)
  8. Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP)
  9. Chief Inspector of Police (CIP)
  10. Sub-Inspector of Police
  11. Cadet Sub-Inspector
  12. Sergeant Major
  13. Sergeant
  14. Corporal
  15. Constable
  16. Recruit

Nigeria Police Salary Structure

The salary of Police officers from the highest rank of IG to the lowest of recruit excluding other benefits and allowances are as follows:

The Inspector General of Police      N711, 450

Deputy Inspector General of Police N546, 572

Assistant Inspector General of Police NN499, 752

Commissioner of Police N302, 970

Deputy Commissioner of Police N278, 852

Assistant Commissioner of Police N212, 938

Chief Superintendent of Police (GL 22) N199, 723

Superintendent of Police (GL11) N172, 089

Deputy Superintendent of Police (GL10) N170, 399

Assistant Superintendent of Police (GL9) N256, 318

Inspector (GL08) N87, 135

Cadet Inspector (GL 07) N73, 231

Non-Commissioned Officers

Sergeant Major (GL 06) N62, 204

Sergeant (GL 05) N55, 973

Corporal (GL 04) N51, 113

Constable (GL 03) N43, 293

Recruit (GL 02) N9, 000.

Data source: (mysalaryscale.com)

Nigeria Police Recruitment Process

Applicants are advised to login to the online application portal of the Nigerian Police, portal.nigeriapolicecareers.net and fill the application form. The following information should be kept handy before accessing the online form as they are compulsory to fill: your personal information in form of a CV, and select your preferred state of examination for the police recruitment aptitude test. After filling and submitting your form, you should receive a letter in your email. You are to print out the letter and save the I.D. remember to present it at the recruitment center if you are shortlisted.

Requirements for Recruitment into the Nigeria Police Force

To qualify for Nigeria Police recruitment exercise applicant must fulfill the following conditions:

  1. Be Nigerian citizen by birth
  2. Own a valid National Identity Number (NIM)
  3. Be 18 – 25 years old
  4. Obtained at least 5 credits at O’Level including English and Mathematics
  5. Be at least 1.67m tall for male and 1.63m for female
  6. Be of expanded chest measure of 86cm (34 inches)
  7. Be free of any deformation in body
  8. Have a next of kin
  9. Be of good character
  10. Download and fill application form

How to Apply – Application Guidelines for Nigeria Police Recruitment

Qualified applicants are to:

  • Visit policerecruitment.gov.ng
  • Fill the online form and submit it
  • Save the application I.D.
  • Choose a job description that suits your qualification and personality
  • Upload your credentials
  • Apply within the specified time which is usually 6 weeks after which the application portal will be closed
  • Apply only once as multiple application will be disqualified

Once the online application is completed, applicants are to proceed to their designated centers for physical screening and which they await shortlisting for the Computer Based Aptitude Test.

Tips to Successful Application for the Nigeria Police Force Recruitment

  • Show passion for the job
  • Adhere to instructions strictly
  • Avoid multiple application
  • Provide all requirements

When will the Police Recruitment for 2024 Begin?

The police recruitment exercise is currently closed as the 2023 applicants are awaiting shortlisting for the CBAT.

When will the Police Recruitment for 2024 Begin?

As at the time of publishing this information, the Nigerian Police recruitment form for 2024 has not yet been released. However, we will monitor it and bring any information about the form to you.

Wrapping Up

Recruitment into the Nigeria Police Force for 2024 will start with a screening which may hold from August to September and it is a complicated process just like the force itself. But in this article, I have simplified the process by presenting a detailed analysis of the recruitment process, requirements, application guidelines, career overview of the force, salary structure, tips to successful application process and many more vital information available for those who dream to have a career with the force.

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Samuel Udo

Samuel Udo is a graduate of Political Science. A Creative/Freelance Writer and Public Commentator whose articles have been published in top print media such as 'The Pioneer Newspapers'. InfoGuide Nigeria is a team of Resource Persons and Consultants led by Ifiokobong Ibanga. Page maintained by Ifiokobong Ibanga. If you need a personal assistance on this topic, kindly contact us.

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