POLICE MEDICAL SERVICES
The Nigeria Police Medical Services was established in 1975, and its primary function is rendering healthcare services to serving members of the force, retirees of the force, their immediate families, detainees in Police cells and civilians working in the establishment. The Nigeria Police Medical Services also renders health care services to the general public in cases of emergency arising from road traffic accidents, robbery attacks, fire disasters, and similar occurrences.
The Police Hospital Falomo is a 75 bed full-fledged hospital with ancillary section such as laboratory, physiotherapy, dental, radiology, public health, surgery, family planning and reproductive health care, ophthalmology, dermatology, anesthesia and pediatric. It runs 24 hrs services with admission facilities. Patients are referred for specialist treatment when the need arises to Lagos University Teaching hospital, General Hospital Lagos, National Orthopedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos etc.
The Police Force Animal Branch is under ‘B’ Department (Operations) in the Nigeria Police Force. The branch is headed by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG FAB) who is charge with the responsibility of general supervision as well as overseeing the day to day running of the veterinary section, Dog section and mounted Troop.
The Force Animal Branch is the rallying point of all Force Animals activities in the Nigeria Police Force and is responsible for veterinary services and health care management program of the Force Animals Nationwide.
Globally, it is already a well-established fact that professionally trained Dogs and Horses are indispensable in security operations for optimum perimeter control, rescue operations and crime prevention and detection, as there is no invented gadget/system that can match the speed, accuracy and efficiency of sniffer Dogs and trained horses.