UPDATE: IGP Usman Alkali Calls For Arrest Of PCRC ID Card Holders
The Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has directed that anyone caught using an illegitimate Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) Identity Card be detained and punished.
The IGP ruled that all PCRC ID cards in circulation would become invalid in December 2022.
According to a statement published on Saturday by the Force’s Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the IGP issued this direction to clean up and standardize the PCRC’s operations.
According to the statement, the IGP also asked Force Headquarters in Abuja to redesign and reissue new PCRC ID cards, as well as to perform thorough membership screening across the board.
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In line With the new development, the police chief has directed eligible members of the “PCRC nationwide to contact the offices of the various Zonal, Command, and Formations PCRC Chairmen as well as the Police Public Relations Officers (PPROs) of their Zones, Commands, and Formations respectively to obtain new forms for processing the newly approved ID Card”.
What exactly is PCRC?
The Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) was established in 1984 with the primary purpose of strengthening ties between the police department and local communities. As a result, the efficacy and efficiency of policing in Nigerian communities will improve.
The PCRC is structured similarly to the Nigerian police force. As a result, they have state commands, national components, and area commands, among other things. Despite its prevalence in other Nigerian states, PCRC is best known in Lagos State.
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Because the organization is focused about establishing ties between the police and the community, officers are largely educated on how to demonstrate better behavior and countenances when engaging with locals.
They communicate with the community in order to obtain information that will assist the police in maintaining law and order.
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