NPF Upgrades Criminal Database, Enhances Forensic Investigation

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has secured an effective upgrade and relaunch of the Nigeria Police Crime and Incident Database (NPC & IDB) Centre.

The Force Public Relations Officer, FPRO, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi disclosed this in a statement Tuesday, 03 May, 2022.

TheFact Nigeria gathers that, according to Adejobi, the upgrade of the NPC & IDB, which was commissioned in 2020 by President Muhammadu Buhari, has become imperative in view of the sophistication of criminals, who now apply technology to perpetuate their nefarious activities.

The credible electronic criminal database would support investigations by facilitating easy identification of suspects, crime location, modus operandi, Global Positioning System (GPS) to geolocate crimes, amongst others.

It would also 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.

Furthermore, the Police Chief has mandated the project consultant to fast track comprehensive training of dedicated police personnel who would man the systems across Zonal, State, and Divisional Headquarters for the collection, management, and uploading of biometric data, case files, investigation, and trial processes, to the central database at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.

“Similarly, the IGP has ordered a full-scale upgrade of all Police Forensic laboratories and digital resource centres across the nation. He equally tasked Forensic Unit officers of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID) to effectively apply advanced knowledge acquired at various capacity-building workshops organized in collaboration with foreign agencies and other governmental bodies, ministries, departments and agencies of governments at all levels”, the statement said.

IGP Baba, while emphasizing that these developments are in line with his policing agenda to incorporate the application of cutting-edge technology and intelligence-led policing model to operational and investigation functions in consonance with international best practices, equally assured Nigerians of the dedication of his administration to bestowing the nation with a people-oriented, endearing and professional police force.

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