Model Police Station in Kano, Nigeria
Model Police Station, Kano, Nigeria ©

Nick Cavanagh/Nigeria Justice for All Programme

We aim to deliver more accountable policing and remand services. We work with the police to provide better quality services, protect human rights and be more accountable to communities. Through a community-based policing approach, we encourage strong partnerships and joint problem solving.

We seek to improve the personal safety and security of all Nigerians by the establishment of a network of Model Police Stations (based on the principles of community-based policing) to act as exemplars of best practice with regard to service delivery.


What people say about J4A's work

'We are keen to get started in introducing changes in the police stations in northern Nigeria with the training and support being given to us by J4A.'

- National Police Force delivery team member, Kano

 'A review of police station facilities is long overdue. We have focused our attention on ensuring the public have a welcoming environment to report their cases. We have a long way to go but we have made a start.'

- Crime officer, Gwarinpa Police Station

Our aim

Nigerians have little to no confidence in the police force. We aim to:

  • change the style of policing so that it is more responsive to community need
  • increase visibility and accessibility of officers patrolling the streets
  • improve the standard of basic police services through better training and leadership
  • increase community confidence and trust in the police by creating opportunities for working together to make communities safer and reduce the fear of crime
  • put the spotlight on gender and family support, as only 5% of women and children report cases to the police.

Our approach

  • Supporting the Nigeria Police Force to deliver effective reactive and proactive policing services
  • Implementing an integrated model of community-based policing
  • Introducing Family Support Units and Sexual Referral Centres that provide specialist support to victims of crimes specifically targeted at women, children and other vulnerable groups
  • Supporting the implementation of effective internal systems and processes that support frontline policing in selected model police stations
  • Introducing systems and processes to ensure that suspects detained at police stations are treated with care and in line with their human rights
  • Encouraging the Nigerian Police Force to replicate good practice demonstrated at Model Police Stations
  • Creating partnerships between police, local government and communities to tackle problems affecting the community.

Our model police station interventions

  • Capacity building and reorganisation of 12 existing Nigerian Police Force stations and their officers, in particular public counters and charge room offices
  • Improving the accessibility, approachability and organisation of the police station to raise the public’s confidence in reporting crime through management and supervision
  • Ensuring high-quality policing and accountability within the force through the correct treatment of suspects, guaranteeing their legal rights, and in collaboration with lawyers introducting a free legal advice scheme 
  • Neighbourhood policing by developing effective and reciprocal relationships with communities
  • Introducing Divisional Intelligence Unit to identify crime trends and develop intelligence-led policing
  • Creating Community Safety Partnership which working with the community to solve issues
  • Implementing Local Policing Plans to inform the local community of what the police are going to do and why, raising public trust and confidence in the police
  • Carrying out police training: a Basic Policing Skill Course and an Investigative Skills Course

Creating Family Support Units (FSU)/ Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC):

  • to create and manage first contact between a victim and the police
  • to successfully investigate the complaint and ensure the well-being, physical and mental, of the victim and improve the image of the police
  • provide specialised training to officers to staff the FSUs and respond professionally to complaints of family and gender-based violence.

Delivering results

Our J4A interventions at our Model Police Stations have delivered the following results:

Level of satisfaction with police response in Enugu:

  • 2012: 44%
  • 2013: 61%

Crime on the decrease in Lagos:

  • 2011: 922 incidents reported
  • 2012: 749 incidents reported
  • 2013: 619 incidents reported

Train the trainer

  • National Police Force officers trained to deliver policing improvements deployed to northern states and model police stations in Kano, Katsina, Jigawa, Kaduna and Zamfara


  • Enhanced custody management process linked to legal and human rights compliance introduced in Niger, FCT and Jigawa.
  • 15 officers trained in enhanced crime data collection and analysis in Abuja, as a precursor to developing local intelligence and management unit.
  • Professional development and crime awareness training for 20 JWC/ FSU staff in Niger to improve victim and case management of sexual and GBV crimes.
  • Two initial community awareness forums held in Abuja as a precursor to developing community safety partnerships.

Incidents of replication of interventions and good practice:

  • 28 incidents of replication of our interventions in Enugu State
  • 53 incidents of replication of our interventions in Lagos State
  • 18 incidents of replication of our interventions in Niger State

Spotlight on gender

Mirabel Centre - A Sexual Assault Referral Centre is operating in Lagos

Tamar Centre - A Sexual Assault Referral Centre is operating in Enugu

Family Support Units are planned for Kano, Jigawa, Kaduna