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IGP Launches Police Squad To Secure Schools | Citizen NewsNG

ByCitizen NewsNG

Jul 31, 2023

 

 

 

 

The Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Kayode Egbetokun, is set to launch the Schools Protection Squad, SPS, as part of his initiative to enhance security and safety in educational institutions across the country.

The police force public relations officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who disclosed this in a statement on Monday, said the official launch and training of the squad would take place on August 9.

The statement said: “The Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, as part of his policy geared towards security of lives and property, most especially safety of schools and students, has announced the establishment of the Schools Protection Squad (SPS), a proactive initiative aimed at enhancing security and safety in educational institutions across Nigeria.

“In furtherance of the safety drives, the IGP has also concluded plans to launch a comprehensive Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) handbook for the Safe Schools Programme.

“The official launch and training event is scheduled to take place on 9th of August 2023, with the participation of 250 individuals drawn from various sectors, including the presidency, executive, judiciary, legislature, security agencies, civil society organizations, media, school administrators, unions, and other stakeholders.”

According to him, the SPS is a specialized unit within the Nigeria Police Force tasked with drawing up policies and engaging relevant stakeholders to ensure the safety and protection of students, teachers, and school infrastructure.

Mr Adejobi said: “The squad will be equipped with relevant assets and advanced training to effectively respond to security challenges facing educational institutions.

“The launch of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) handbook for the Safe Schools Programme is an integral part of the initiative.

“This comprehensive handbook outlines the best practices and guidelines for securing schools, risk assessment, emergency response protocols, and collaboration between various stakeholders.

“The SOP will serve as a crucial reference for educational authorities, security agencies, and other participants involved in the Safe Schools Programme, empowering them to take coordinated and effective measures in ensuring the safety and protection of schools.”

The IGP, therefore, called on relevant stakeholders to key into the initiative for the safety of educational institutions in the country.

“The IGP similarly believes that through collaborative efforts and a united approach, Nigeria can build a robust education system that guarantees a secure and conducive learning environment for every child,” the statement added.

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