Police Inspector General Usman Baba on Wednesday launched the ‘IGP-SmartForce Database Management Centre’, for the digitization of personnel records and biometric capture of all Nigerian Police Force officers, the punch reports.

This was when the IG ordered a total overhaul of the old system and a quick start of the digitization process across all Nigerian Police Force commands and formations for timely system upgrade and operation.

According to law enforcement authorities, the move is to ensure the capture and storage of officers’ details for registration purposes and alleviate administrative bottlenecks, facilitate the tracking of assignments and transfers, and issue radio frequency identification cards for staff identification.

The Force’s Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement obtained by our correspondent on Wednesday said: “SmartForce with storage servers domiciled at the premises of the National Command and Control Center of the Nigerian Police Force and the SmartForce office at the Force Secretary’s office at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, aims to integrate the NPF into an ICT-based system.

“This is to simplify the management of NPF personnel records, manage the entire police workforce, manage and uniquely identify each NPF personnel, and is structured with modern technological concepts to monitor the distribution of staff workforce and access across the country. .”

He also noted that the system would assist the Office of the Secretary for Force in planning the deployment of personnel to the NPF, issues related to the budget, the tracking and identification of police personnel, and the retrieval of records related to retired police personnel. and in service. .

Adejobi added: “The IG also highlighted the practical training of the PPRO and TIC officers of the 36 state commands and the FCT, at the Force Headquarters, on the handling and use of the devices provided for the capture of data from all staff including a modernized hi. -Biometric technology machine with unique features like fingerprint scanner, 2D scanner and facial recognition smart app.

“While reiterating its vision of a police driven by the integration of state-of-the-art technology, the IG ordered a total overhaul of the old system and a rapid start of the digitization process across all commands and force formations for timely upgrade and operation. of the system.”