Expert wants special training for Nigeria Police officers

Prof. Oyesoji Aremu of Counselling and Criminal Justice, University of Ibadan, advised the Nigeria Police to provide more pragmatic professional trainings to police officers and men.

According to him, such include exposure to trainings on physical and psychological resilience that can complement traditional and modern technological training.

Aremu stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Sunday while speaking ongoing reorganisation of the Nigeria Police.

“By training and call to duty, the police are mandated to respond to stressful security situations over the course of their careers.

“This underscores the reason why both emotional and physical resilience among others are stressed in training.

“Nevertheless, it become apparent that job traumatic stressful situations such as the one occasioned by #EndSARS could affect duty turnovers of the police as being presently witnessed in some parts of the country with the absence of police from their duty posts,” he said.

Aremu said that every effort be made to encourage police personnel, especially the rank and file, to return to their duty posts.

The expert said “the above, leaves with the to reappraise the entire internal security architecture, especially as it affects mental, emotional and physical resilience of police personnel.

“Here, the training of the personnel be made to incorporate psycho-education skills on and emotional toughness on critical incidents.

“Often, during critical security situations, components could be depleted as observed among some of the personnel of the Nigeria Police.

“The more reason why the personnel should only be screened for psychological and emotional toughness using psychological tests, they also be constantly exposed to psychological training, especially on resilience.

“The training and exposures; which should be one off also, include situational analysis, mapping and awareness”.(NAN)