Police Mobile Application Initiative
Recently, the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, revealed its plan to launch a mobile application, police-vgs to combat the rising wave of crime in the country.
The force on its twitter handle stated that the app would help citizens report crimes like kidnapping, robbery, cultism, rape and domestic violence to the police on the spot.
The initiative is no doubt a welcome development as policing the world over is increasingly enhanced and facilitated by the adoption of state-of-the-art technology in order to respond adequately to the dynamics of a rapidly changing environment.
The development of a mobile app is apparently cost-effective and, if well managed, can prove to be very efficient in combating the crimes as the location of crime is determined through the app.
With this app, the police would be saving the lives of its men while cutting costs.
If the project is well managed, the country might get to a stage whereby the recurring complaints of manpower shortage in the force would be entirely unnecessary
It is stating the obvious that the Nigeria Police Force needs more technology to combat crime and track down criminals.
As a matter of fact, the use of drones should be adopted by all the security agencies in the country, whether military or paramilitary.
Moreover, stakeholders believe that the app is necessary to overcome the reign of impunity currently being perpetrated by bandits and terrorist herdsmen across the country.
They maintained that such a reign of terror is impossible in civilized climes because of the availability of technology which leaves felons with no hiding place.
Though, research departments exists in the various security agencies, they lack the equipment and expertise necessary to deliver on their core mandates.
It is pertinent therefore that the departments be re-tooled to meet the demands of a rapidly changing environment.
However, whatever the technology deployed, the police cannot go far with the entrenched indiscipline within its ranks.
Nigeria police force has been criticized for its inefficiency in combating crime and poor attitude to the civilian populace which often lead to frictions between the force and the public.
This conflict must be stamped out if the change envisioned by the police leadership is to be achieved.