Towards its criminal justice and police reform agenda, the federal government has commenced a new training initiative that will better equip the Nigeria Police Force to more effectively discharge its roles and functions.
It will also make the force a more potent tool in fighting corruption within the force and in the country.
The training programme, according to a statement issued on Monday by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Laolu Akande, commenced on March 9, under a collaborative effort between the Presidency and the Nigeria Police Force.
The first in a four-part series of courses on Strategic Leadership and Management was completed on Friday.
The training programme, also organised with the support of the Ministry of the Interior and CLEEN Foundation, a law enforcement Non-Governmental Organization, was sponsored by the Anti-Corruption and Criminal Justice Reform Fund administered by Trust Africa, an international NGO.
In its first part, twenty police officers of the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police drawn from across the country were taken through seven modules.
Each of the modules are designed to sharpen the skills of the senior police officers and enable them translate the strategic vision and policing agenda of the Police High Command into manageable and measurable operational directives with the goal of overall nationwide effective criminal justice administration.
A total of 100 senior Police officers will be trained over the duration of the courses and at the end of the fourth course, the training program will be transferred to one of the Police training institutions along with a standardised curriculum and training manual.
The course was facilitated by the following: Professor Olu Ogunsakin, a consultant for the Justice for All Programme of the UK Department for International Development , Professor Todd Foglesong, a Professor of Global Studies with the Munk School of Global Affairs of the University of Toronto.
Others are Professor Etannibi Alemika, a Professor of Criminology of the University of Jos, Professor Abubakar Mu’azu, a Professor of Communications of the University of Maiduguri, Mrs. Kemi Okenyodo, the Executive Director of Partners West Africa – Nigeria, Mr. Fola Arthur-Worrey, most recently the Executive Director of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund, and DIG Saliu Argungu Hashimu, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police on Training and Development.
The following modules were covered during the course: Strategic Leadership, Management and Planning; the Administration of Criminal Justice Act and the Police; Effectively Tackling Corruption within the Police and in the Larger Society; the Psychology of Policing, Measuring Performance as a Management Tool, and nvestigative Policing and Network and Relationship Building.
The just completed first part of the training course was held in the Conference Room of the Inspector-General of Police at the Force Headquarters in Abuja between March 9 and 11, 2016. The other parts of the training would be done later this year.