The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, yesterday, launched the ‘IGP- SmartForce Database Management Centre ’for Personnel Records Digitalisation and Biometric Capturing of all officers of the Nigeria Police Force.
The move is to ensure that officers have their details captured and stored for record purposes and ease executive backups, tracking postings transfers, and issue Radio Frequency Identification( RFID) Cards for workforce identification.
According to police spokesperson, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, “ The SmartForce with Storage Servers encamped in the Nigeria Police Force National Command and Control Centre( NPF- C4i) installations and SmartForce office, Office of the Force Secretary in the Force Headquarters, Abuja, is aimed at integrating the Force into an ICT- Based System to simplify the operation of its workforce records, manage the entire personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, uniquely manage/ identify each workforce of the Force and is structured with ultramodern technological concepts to cover the distribution of workforce personnel and access across the country.
The system will aid the office of the Force Secretary in planning for the deployment of workforce in the Force, budgetary-related issues, tracking/identification of Police workforce, and reclamation of records as it relates to serving and retired Police workforce.
The IGP has equally flagged off the practical training of Police Public Relations Officers( PPROs) and ICT Officers from the 36 State Commands and the FCT at the Force Headquarters on handling and use of the appliances provided for data capturing of all workforce including a modernized hi-tech biometric machine with unique features like Fingerprint scanner, 2D Scanner, and Smart Facial Recognition application.
While reiterating his vision for a Police driven by the integration of cutting- edge technology, the Inspector- General of Police has ordered a total overhaul of the former system and a quick kickoff of the digitalization process across all Commands and Formations of the Force for timeous upgrade and operation of the system