The assessment of police training programmes and curricula has been mandated by Mr. Olukayode Egbetokun, the acting Inspector-General of Police (I-G), with a focus on attitudinal and behavioural improvements in police officers.
This will increase the nation’s law enforcement officials’ professionalism, efficacy, and public support.
The I-G stated that emphasis will also be placed on personnel’s technical and physical condition in a statement released by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, on Friday in Abuja.
Egbetokun said that the review of the curriculum was to ensure that law enforcement imbued the required physical strength, technical proficiency, mental alertness, high standard of ethical conduct, empathy and effective communication.
According to him, it will also ensure attitudinal and behavioural changes in policing as to foster a positive and community-oriented mindset among police personnel.
He said this would be achieved by instilling integrity, effective communication, respectful and compassionate interactions with the public.
The I-G added that it would also include interpersonal skills, conflict resolution techniques, cultural sensitivity and de-escalation of crisis strategies.
“The target is to enhance trust and cooperation between law enforcement and communities.
“The training programme will include scenarios and simulations that replicate real-life situations, allowing officers to practice critical decision-making skills while considering the potential impact on community relations.”
Egbetokun pledged to work closely with experienced trainers, experts and community stakeholders to develop the comprehensive training programme.
He said police officers should at all times build trust, understand diverse perspectives and proactively address issues that affect public safety and well-being.