The Nigerian Police is an important player in the security of lives and properties in the country. To keep the ball rolling, the Nigerian Police has training school, where prospective Nigerian corps is trained. It is called the Nigerian Police Academy.

You can join the force through the NPF constable recruitment or by taking some course at the Academy after which you are retained.

However, if you have the dream of joining the Nigerian Police through the training school, that dream can be achieved when you have carefully gone through this article. Presented here is all you will need to know about the recruitment. I urge you to read along carefully so as to get the best out of this post.


The Nigerian Police Academy was established in 1988 following the request of the Nigerian government to the British government in 1981, to assist them assess the training needs of the Nigerian Police officers.

The report known as the Pacy Report was later submitted in 1982 and it led the Nigerian government to put in place a training school for the Nigerian Police. This led the then Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Muhammed A. Gambo rtd to send three Nigerian Police officers to go and under study the Egyptian Police Academy.

Finally in 1988, the Academy took off at two temporary campuses:

  • The Police Training School, Challawa, Kano (where cadet Inspectors were trained)
  • The Police College Kaduna (where cadet ASPs were trained).

The Police Academy since its establishment in 1988 has trained 2,848 Cadet ASPs and 2,374 Cadet Inspectors, making it a total of 5,222 Cadet Officers. In 2012, the Federal Government of Nigeria made the Nigerian Police Academy, Wudil a degree awarding school, with the following pioneer faculties:

  1. Faculty of Science
  2. Faculty of Law
  3. Faculty of Social and Management Science
  4. Faculty of Humanities.

Today, the Nigerian Police Training Schools do not train Cadet ASPs on the 18 months training programme. However if you must be an ASP, you will have to go through the Nigerian Police Academy, Polac.


Nigerian Police Academy

If you seek to be admitted into this Nigerian Police Academy, you will first write the JAMB UTME. With this, you will now make your application to the Academy when the application is open.

Candidates who scored the required cut-off mark (180) in JAMB will therefore be invited for interview (post UTME). Admission at the NPF Academy is based on the quota system. This means that every state in Nigeria has a number of students that will be admitted in the Police Academy.

For instance, the Academy may decide to admit only 20 students from each State. So, the less competitive your state is for the position, the better chance you have.

Cadet ASPs/Cadet Inspector Recruitment

The recruitment into the Nigerian Police training schools as Cadet ASPs and Cadet Inspectors is different. This recruitment is handled by the Police Service Commission and the candidates under this category are placed under 18 months training. After the training, they are awarded their various ranks.


The requirements for the Nigerian Police training school will be categorized in two forms: The Nigerian Police Academy and the Nigerian Police Cadet ASPs and Cadet Inspector recruitment.

Requirements for Admission into Nigerian Police Academy

  • Candidates seeking admission into the Academy must be Nigerian citizens
  • They must be between 17 and 22 years of age
  • Their height must not be less than 1.67 Metres (5 Feet 6 Inches) if male, and 1.62 Metres (5 Feet 4 Inches) if female.
  • Male candidates must have an expanded chest size of not less than 86cm (34 Inches for those between 21 and 22 years of age).
  • All candidates must be free from any physical deformity or mental disability.
  • Candidates must have obtained a minimum of SIX (6) credits at the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), the National Examinations Council (NECO) or the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) at not more than 2 sittings.
  • All Candidates must also have a credit pass in English Language and Mathematics as well as subjects relevant to the candidate’s chosen course of study in the Academy.

Requirements for Nigerian Police Cadet ASPs and Cadet Inspector Recruitment

  • A University Degree (second class lower) or HND ( Upper Credit) from a recognized University or Polytechnic for cadet ASPs
  • The applicant must not be an ex-convict.
  • The applicant must not be above 28yrs of age for cadet ASPs and 24yrs for cadet Inspectors.
  • Candidates must also obtain satisfactory scores in both the written examination and the interview and must pass physical and psychological tests of fitness.


The application for admission into the Nigerian Police Academy starts with purchasing and writing the JAMB UTME. Candidates Aare however advised to put the Nigerian Police Academy as their first choice of institution.

The form for Police Academy is usually sold through the Academy’s website. To purchase the application form, follow this link:

The application form for Police Academy, Polac, is usually sold in June/July every year.

The application for Cadet ASPs and Cadet Inspector is sold through the Police Service Commission.

But currently, the form is not on sale. We advise you subscribe to our newsletter as to stay updated with the latest information regarding the recruitment.


The Nigerian Police training department carries out every training exercise of the security body through the following training colleges and centres across the country:

  • Police Staff College, Jos
  • Police Academy, Kano
  • Police College, Ikeja
  • Police College, Kaduna
  • Police College, Maiduguri
  • Police College, Oji-River
  • Police Detective College, Enugu
  • Police College of Information Technology, Abeokuta
  • Police Mobile Training School, Gwoza
  • Police Mobile Training School, Ila-orangun
  • Mounted/Dog Training Schools, Jos
  • Traffic Training School, Ikeja
  • Police School of Music, Ikeja
  • Police School of Communication, Ikeja & Kaduna
  • Police School of Anti-Terrorism, Nonwa-Tai
  • Police Training School, Sokoto
  • Police Training School, Bauchi
  • Police Training School, Minna
  • Police Training School, Jos
  • Police Training School, Nonwa Tai
  • Police Training School, Ibadan
  • Police Training School, Benin City
  • Police Training School, Oyin Akoko
  • Police Training School, Makurdi
  • Police Training School, Iperu
  • Police Training School, Calabar
  • Police Training School, Ilorin
  • Police Training School, Ikeja


How can I join the Nigerian Police Academy?

To join the Nigerian Police Academy, Polac, follow these steps:

  • Purchase the JAMB form and register JAMB
  • Choose the Police Academy, Wudil Kano as your first choice of institution
  • Purchase the Polac application form when it is out and proceed to write the screening exam

You will be admitted into the school if you meet the stated requirements and are chosen among the candidates for State quota.

What is the duration of the training?

The Nigerian Police training for Cadet ASPs and Cadet Inspector usually last for a period of 18 months.

When did the training start?

The training started since 198, following the establishment of the Nigerian Police training school in Kano and Kaduna.

Is the form for Academy for 2020 out?

Currently, the form is not on sale. The application is envisaged to open between May and July 2020. So always refresh the Polac Website to stay updated.

What is the cut-off mark?

The cut-off make for Polac is 180 for all courses offered in the school.

What are the courses offered?

The courses offered are:

  • Accounting
  • Banking and Finance
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Criminology
  • English Language
  • French
  • Hausa
  • History and International Studies
  • Igbo
  • Law
  • Management Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Yoruba


Joining the force is a good course; it shows you are concerned about the security of lives and properties in Nigeria.

Therefore with this guide on the Nigerian Police Training School recruitment, you’ll better know how to trace your steps towards achieving that dream.

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Good luck to you!