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How I removed ‘barrack mentality’ from police force – Arase

How I removed ‘barrack mentality’ from police force – Arase

Solomon Arase

The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has said decision to wipe out what he described as “barracks mentality” from the police rank and file contributed to the success of the force.

The IG disclosed this while commissioning 50 units of a 100-flat housing estate for police Inspectors, and their rank and file.

Arase noted that when he became the IGP a year ago, he swore to change the perception the public had about the force by improving on their welfare.


He pointed out that Inspectors and the rank and file contribute immensely to the force hence the need to make them feel happy.

The IGP further asserted that he was also determined to promote the junior officers as at when due, adding that he had fulfilled that pledge and that today, “there is no constable in the Force.”

“When I became the IG a year ago, I decided to change the perception of the people against the police.

“The inspectors and the rank and file are the ones that make the police thick. I said that I would promote them when they are due and today, there are no constables in the Force.”


Arase disclosed that in order to remove the “barracks mentality” from police personnel, 30% of the housing units were allocated to the civilian population so that they would mingle with everybody.

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