The Nigeria Police Recruitment Agency is an agency within the Department of Public Safety of Nigeria that recruiting law enforcement personnel for the Nigeria Police force. It is under the department of Police Services, which is headed by General Sanusi Lamido. The agency was established in 1958 and is one of the oldest recruiting agencies in the world. It has recruited some of the top known leaders and cadres in Nigeria.
The agency has its headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria and recruits from all over the country including Benin, Cebu, Ibadan, Lagos, Togo, okay, and others. The recruits are required to undergo an extensive interview process during which they have to reveal their knowledge on law and order, terrorism, civil service, and intelligence. Once the interview process is over, the candidates then go through a physical exam that will check for physical and mental fitness as well as character and reliability. After this, an inspector General will inspect the candidates and determine whether or not they are fit enough for a career in the Nigerian police force.
The average recruitment age of Nigeria police officers is twenty-one years old, however, there are some officers who are recruited as young as seven years old. Recruits undergo medical and psychological examinations to ensure that they are physically and mentally fit for patrolling. The medical examination also helps determine the candidate’s suitability for handling emergency and disaster cases. Generally, it is considered that officers must be university graduates with five years of experience in law enforcement.
The next step in the recruitment process involves testing for academic qualifications. The test for this is usually conducted during an examination known as the SSAT. This is a standardized test that measures an individual’s mathematics, reading, and English comprehension skills. Once these tests are passed by the candidate, he will be given a score. If the score is high enough, he can expect to enter the police recruitment requirements. Usually, the SSAT score is not taken into account when determining the final selection of candidates for the police force, however, if the candidate receives high marks in the academic section he might be preferred over other candidates.
After all the required tests have been administered, the final stage in the recruitment process will see the shortlisted applicants being interviewed live in front of several peers and officers from the force to assess their suitability for the position. In the interview, the candidate will be asked questions relating to his work experience, motivation level, and work ethics. It is important that the candidates express their interest in becoming police officers to the interviewer to increase their chances of being shortlisted for the final stage of recruitment. Once the interview is over, the interviewers will select a few people to form a shortlist for further interviews. These are the final steps in the recruitment process.
The recruitment procedure may vary in different agencies in Nigeria, as it has been implemented differently in each state. However, most of the agencies have the same application deadline for those wishing to join the police constables’ recruitment. The application fee for applying to any agency is non-refundable. It is recommended that you apply early to avoid disappointment later on. Most of the agencies ask for an application fee at the very least, and some will also request for an upfront deposit. Make sure you get everything in writing before making any financial commitment to ensure that your application is not rejected.