The Nigeria Police Force has begun the implementation of the Police Specialized Services Automation Project (POSSAP), one of the government’s numerous steps toward police reform. POSSAP is a Nigeria Police Force initiative that aims to automate the processing and management of the Force’s specialized services such as specialized Escort and Guard services, Police Extract, Police Character Certificate, Supernumerary Police Permit, Fingerprint Information, Police Investigation Report, and so on. Individuals and corporate entities who require specialized services from the Police will have access to these requests through an automated, seamless, transparent, and efficient process with the implementation of this project.
POSSAP was approved by the Federal Executive Council following a memo presented by the Hon. Minister of Police Affairs on the 14th of July, 2021. Subsequently, POSSAP was launched on the 2nd of June, 2022 by the Honourable Minister of Police Affairs, Dr Maigari Dingyadi on behalf of the Federal Government at the Goodluck Jonathan International Peace Keeping Hall, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
The goal of the project is to simply automate the rendition of existing specialized services processes and reap the added benefits of improved transparency, accountability, efficiency and sustainability that technological solutions deliver. It will also benefit the Force by minimizing dependence on the Federal Government for funding and improving the welfare of personnel. The automation project is being rolled out in phases, with Police Character Certificate, Specialized Escort and Guard Services and Police Extract as the services in the pilot phase, while other services will be subsequently onboarded.
It is pertinent to reveal that the Force has initiated engagements with internal and external stakeholders to ensure unison of purpose to achieve a seamless transition to the automated platform. To date, players in some industry verticals such as Banking, Telecommunications, Oil and Gas, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Embassies, have been intimated about this transition and this exercise will be a continuum.
NPF’s specialized services can be accessed via the POSSAP website – https://possap.gov.ng
. For further information, applicants for police specialized services can contact Command PPROs and POSSAP Desk Officers in their respective State Criminal Investigations Departments (SCIDs) across the Nation.