The Commissioner of Police in Gombe State, Oqua Etim, has presented N18.5m to families of officers who died in active service.
The initiative was under the police Family Welfare Scheme and Group Life Assurance.
Speaking during the cheque presentation, the CP said no fewer than 25 families would benefit from the N18.5m, adding that the police would not forget the contributions of their loved ones who were slain while on duty.
He advised them to use the money wisely.
“A total of N18.5m cheques will be disbursed to them. Things like this make us know that we will not be forgotten. It is a practice that says we remember our brothers and families. It a time the families of the deceased will know that their benefactors belonged to a caring organisation.
“Take it as an act of God; if God did not destine it, it wouldn’t have happened,” Etim said.
Meanwhile, no fewer than 19 personnel of the police have been promoted to the senior staff cadre.
Seven officers were promoted from Superintendent of Police to Chief Superintendent of Police, 10 from Assistant Superintendent of Police to Deputy Superintendent of Police, one from Chief Superintendent of Police to Assistant Commissioner of Police, and one from the Assistant Commissioner of Police to Deputy Commissioner of Police.
The Commissioner of Police urged them to justify the confidence reposed in them by being professional in their dealings with the public, adding that the same way they were promoted, they could be reprimanded if found to have abused their office.
Etim said, “To whom much is given very much is expected. I want to urge all of you to reflect this promotion on your family; your approach to work should improve.
“The Police Force frowns on incivility to members of the public. There is no police boy or girl, we are all police officers. We have laid-down procedures on how to treat suspects.”