Safe School Project: Service Chiefs, IGP, Others Launch Training Programme for School Protection Squad State Coordinators, DPOs Nationwide

...As NPF unveils state-of-the-art security equipment

To ensure the security of lives and property in the country, especially in schools, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun has officially unveiled state-of-the-art security equipment as well as commenced a training programme for State Coordinators of the Schools Protection Squad (SPS) and selected Divisional Police Officers nationwide, in a bid to reinforce the programme for viability in achieving the National Action Plan for Schools Protection. 

The official unveiling and launching of the training programme, which marks a significant step forward by the Force in the commitment to safeguard the education system, children and young ones, by fostering a secure and conducive learning environment across the nation, took place on Thursday 29th February, 2024 at the Goodluck Jonathan International Peacekeeping Hall, Force Headquarters, Abuja. 

It would be recall that the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun launched the the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Manual for the Safe School Project at a strategic Forum on Achieving Safer Schools in Nigeria on August 9, 2023.

The IGP emphasized that the training programme aims to equip State Coordinators and Divisional Police Officers from all thirty-six States and the FCT with comprehensive knowledge on the Police’s role in the National Plan for Safe Schools in Nigeria by facilitating the development of a strategic roadmap for the Force’s collaboration with various stakeholders to secure our children’s learning environments while optimizing the human and material resources of the Force to tackle crimes, particularly those targeting educational institutions.

He urged all officers participating in the training to engage fully and absorb everything it offers. "The knowledge you gain is crucial to the quality of service you will provide. Your dedication and exemplary conduct are vital in upholding the trust placed in us by the government and the people of Nigeria."he said

The IGP called on all citizens to collaborate with the Police and other security bodies in safeguarding schools. "Through united efforts, we can significantly enhance our national security."he stressed

The National Coordinator, Financing Safe Schools, Mrs. Halima Iliya, noted that the capacities of security personnel, schools’ host communities, critical stakeholders, students and staff of schools would be built to help them all fit into the National Plan itself and play their respective roles. 

The event also had in attendance representatives of all relevant ministries, departments, and agencies, as well as the Force Management Team, Senior Police Officers, and other distinguished guests.

The Inspector General of Police appreciated the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget & National Planning for spearheading the “Financing Safe Schools National Plan”, and all who have contributed to reaching the current milestone in the programme noting that their invaluable efforts are vital to the country’s progress. 

He also tasked the officers nominated for the capacity building training to leverage on the training to boost the effect of the School Protection Squad in their respective Commands. 

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