- The police have been urged to provide special training for their personnel
- According to an expert, this will complement traditional and modern technological training
- This call was made by Prof. Oyesoji Aremu of Counselling and Criminal Justice, University of Ibadan
As Nigeria continues to register unnecessary deaths in the hands of police personnel, a criminal justice expert has called for more pragmatic professional training to police officers.
The call was made by Professor Oyesoji Aremu of Counselling and Criminal Justice, University of Ibadan,
He urged the leadership of the expose officers to training on physical and psychological resilience.
According to him, this will complement traditional and modern technological training.
Aremu stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Sunday, November 22.
Going further, he said every effort should be made to encourage police personnel, especially the rank and file, to return to their duty posts.
He added that:
“Here, the training of the personnel should be made to incorporate psycho-education skills on mental and emotional toughness on critical incidents.
“Often, during critical security situations, mental components could be depleted as observed among some of the personnel of the Nigeria police."
“The more reason why the personnel should not only be screened for psychological and emotional toughness using psychological tests, they should also be constantly exposed to psychological training, especially on resilience.
“The training and exposures; which should not be one off should also, include situational analysis, mapping and awareness”.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that some police officers attached to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) in Lagos have proved that not all operatives of the Nigeria Police Force are bad.
While on patrol on Thursday evening, November 19, at Igando area in Lagos, the RRS officers saw a purse fall from a lady on a bike.
The officers signalled the bike rider to stop so they could return the purse but he mistook the signal for an attempt to arrest him.
Legit.ng also reported that Mohammed Adamu, the inspector general of police has attributed the lack of trust and confidence from people to the numerous challenges faced by the security forces in the country.
Speaking on Wednesday, November 18, at a policy dialogue organised by the House of Representatives, IGP Adamu who was represented said efforts are ongoing to build partnership and bridge of trust between the police operatives and people.
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