The Nigeria Police Force evacuated 9,989 officers from its four colleges and 12 training schools across the country.
The Force’s Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said so in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said they were the recruits for the federally approved 2020 annual recruitment batch of 10,000 constables.
Adejobi said the gendarmes passed out after undergoing intensive six-month training in basic, intermediate and advanced police studies.
He said they also engage in physically and intellectually demanding training activities, carefully designed to transition recruits from civilians to professional police officers.
The police spokesman added that the gendarmes had been given the right orientation to meet the challenges of policing in a democratic and rules-governed environment.
Recruitment and training, he says, is another important step in the federal government’s drive to change the narratives of policing by addressing the age-old manpower shortage.
He said the gap had prevented the optimal delivery of policing services in the country, adding that the idea was to meet and perhaps exceed the UN recommendation of one police officer for every 400 citizens.
Adejobi said Inspector General of Police Mr. Usman Baba commended the Federal Government for approving the annual recruitment of 10,000 officers into the Nigeria Police Force.
He said the endorsement was part of the government’s determination to restore the lost primacy of the police by bequeathing the country a reformed and well-positioned police force.
He said 11 of the 10,000 recruits who started training could not meet the elements of the standards set for the exercise.
Adejobi said 10,000 recruits for the 2021 batch would return to training after passing the 2020 batch parade.
He said the IG called on them to embrace discipline, as their success as police officers depended on the quality of their character, discipline and professionalism.
“Resolve not to engage in any act that will harm your reputation, your families and even the Nigerian Police as you begin your policing career,” he said.
New constables will be assigned to their respective local government areas.