Police to develop app to monitor hotels, motor parks, others – IG

The Acting Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, has said the Force was working on a surveillance application that would capture all motor parks, and hotels in the country among others.

Additionally, he said the Force was also working on an innovation that could collect and manage data about all domestic workers with verified employment histories.

According to him, the innovation would complement the Digitalised Central Motor Registry which had been in use, adding that the innovation would be launched before the end of the year.

A statement by the Force spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi said the Police boss stated this after a tour of the state-of-the-art National Command and Control Centre facility and the Nigeria Police Crime and Incidence Database Centre at Louis Edet House, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

The statement reads, “In addition to the Digitalised Central Motor Registry which is already operational, the NPF is working on innovating other areas paramount to security. Some of these which would be unveiled within the year include the Police Mobile Security Surveillance which will among other things capture all motor parks, commercial drivers operating daily in Nigeria, and passengers plying various routes, including hotel lodging data; and the Domestic Help Registration to create and manage centrally accessible data of all domestic help with verifiable previous employment data.”

Adejobi said the IG called on police officers and Nigerians to embrace the ”Rescue Me mobile application” as well as other technology by the Force.

He said the Force’s adoption of the technology would help operations in the country and strengthen the bond between police and citizens.

“The purpose of the tour was to emphasise the IGP’s commitment to integrating smart policing strategies into the Nigerian Police Force. During the tour, the IGP reiterated the Police Force’s efforts in adopting cutting-edge technologies and urged officers to fully leverage these tools to enhance their operations and improve service delivery to citizens.

“In line with the vision of the Nigeria Police Force to foster stronger community engagement, the IGP also encouraged all Nigerians to embrace, download, and use the ‘NPF Rescue Me App’.

“This innovative mobile application provides a platform for citizens to quickly alert the Police Force in emergencies, facilitating prompt response and assistance. The “NPF Rescue Me App” is available on both Android and ‘iOS application stores for free download and usage,” the statement added.

He, however, said the IG directed all investigation units and police formations to instantly reactivate the NPCIDC application to improve their investigations among others.

“The IG directed the use of the applications installed at the NPCIDC, where the biometrics and other relevant data/information of every suspect will be updated and kept for improved investigations and record keeping. This will be readily available to police operatives to ensure a credible electronic criminal database to support investigations,” the statement said.