Are you a graduate? Do you want to join the Nigeria Police Force (NPF)? If ‘yes’, you are on the right page. Here we will guide you on how to join the Nigeria Police Force. Before we proceed, check out the Nigeria Police Salary Structure and Ranks.
The Nigeria Police is the essential law authorization and lead security apparatus in Nigeria with a staff strength of around 371,800.
The NPF is an exceptionally enormous organization comprising 36 State Commands gathered into 12 zones and 7 regulatory organs. Founded in 1930, the NPF has its headquarters situated at Louis Edet House, Abuja.
Every year, the Nigerian Police engages in recruitment processes to bring in fresh hands and minds into the Force to reduce criminality and strengthen the security architecture in our communities.
Due to the high rate of unemployment in the country, many people strive to be recruited into the Nigerian Police Force every year, including individuals who do not meet the criteria for being a force person.
Ideally, this ought not to be so as the nature of the police job can be quite tasking, and demands a high level of motivation to work effectively and stand out.
As its primary responsibility, personnel of the Nigerian Police is saddled with the task of protecting lives and properties, while providing essential security services to every citizen.
Some duties may involve extreme functions like manning roadblocks for days and engaging in combat activities, reason why one must carefully think out and be prepared to take up such positions. Also check out: How To Join Nigerian Army As A Graduate.
Basic Requirements for joining the Nigerian Police Force
In order to be recruited into the Force, applicants are expected to meet the following requirements;
- Must be a Nigerian by birth.
Be between the age of 17 and 25 years.
Possess a minimum of five credits in O’ Level Examinations (WAEC, NECO, GCE, NABTEB) in not more than two sittings, and at least, Credit passes in English Language and Mathematics.
Must be psychologically, physically, and mentally fit.
Applicants must have a crime-free record void of any form of conviction.
Not to have less than 86cm expanded chest measurement (for males).
Must not to be pregnant (for females).
Not to be less than 1.67m tall (for males), and not less than 1.64m tall (for females).
How to join the Nigerian Police Force (NPF)
There are several ways through which one can join the Nigerian Police Force. Most common two ways are through mass recruitment and through the Nigerian Police Academy. Here, we will let you in on what it takes to join the Police Force via these two methods.
1. Mass Recruitment
As stated earlier, the Force calls for applications from suitably qualified Nigerians every year. And this is usually publicized on radio, national television, newspapers, and on the media channels of the NPF. Please be sure that you are getting information concerning Police recruitment from official sources to avoid falling prey to online scammers.
Recruitment following this pattern is done online. Normally, there is a starting date and closing date for submission of all applications, so one has to be alert and have all the requirements in place before proceeding to the application portal.
To apply for NPF recruitment online, you will have to do the following;
- Create a functional and accessible email address if you do not have one, a Gmail account is preferable in this case.
- Get your National Identification Number (NIN).
- Visit www.policerecruitment.gov.ng which is the online application portal.
- Fill in the online form, providing the necessary details
- After successful registration, you will receive an email containing details of your registration. Print it out and keep it safe.
- Please note that multiple submission of applications would result in total cancellation, candidates are advised to review the information entered and submit only once.
Shortlisted candidates would be required to present a printed copy of the information mailed to them after successful registration during the physical screening process, and names of successful candidates for the job would be published on national dailies.
2. Applying through the Police Academy
An alternative to the Police mass recruitment option is admission via the Police Academy.
The Nigerian Police Academy is a degree-awarding institution certified and recognized by the Nigerian Universities Commission as the thirty-seventh Federal University in Nigeria. It is located in Wudil, a town in Kano State, Nigeria.
To join the Police Force through the Police Academy, one must have gained admission to study in any of the four faculties (Science, Law, Social & Management Science and Humanities) and graduated from the Academy. Each program offered lasts for five years.
Requirements for joining the Police Academy
- Candidates must be citizens of Nigeria by origin.
- Must be between 17 and 22 years of age.
- Candidates must have an expanded chest size of not less than 86cm (34 inches) for candidates between 21 and 22 years of age.
- Male candidates must not be less than 1.67m (5 feet, 6 inches) in height.
- Female candidates must not be less than 1.62m (5 feet 4 inches) in height.
- Candidates must be free from any form of physical and mental disability.
- Must have sat and obtained a minimum of 6 credit passes (including Mathematics, English Language, and subjects relevant to the applicant’s course) in WASSCE, NECO SSCE, or NABTEB at not more than two sittings.
- Candidates must pass the written examination, interview, as well as physical and psychological tests of fitness.