By Frank Oshanugor
The Nigeria Police Force (NPF), on Wednesday harped on implementation of manpower development policy that will focus on improving capacity of Police personnel across all ranks, in line with new policing standards and best practices.
The Inspector General of Police, (IGP),Muhammed Akali Baba stressed on these in his opening remarks at a-3day fully residential capacity building workshop for Public Relations Officers (PPRO) across all Commands and other Formations of the Nigeria Police Force and organized in partnership with the Nigeria – German Development Cooperation (GIZ) in Lagos.
The IGP explained that, the workshop for Police Public Relations Officers”, is timely and unique in many ways and one of it, is the contextual theme of the workshop” which seeks to develop robust forensic awareness and knowledge for their spokespersons.
He said that this in itself “flows from contemporary public relations practice which identifies Police spokespersons across the world as one of the first responders to crime scenes.”
“ This is in addition to many other important roles played by Police Spokespersons in managing crime incidents throughout the investigative processes. These roles are germane to the pursuit of professional criminal investigations and the dispensation of justice to both the victims and defendants.”
“i sincerely appreciate the Head of Component, GIZ Nigeria, Gertjan de Gruijter, for GIZ’s approval and for undertaking to sponsor and organize this workshop as part of the many interventions by the organization in building and strengthening Police structures and capacity in Nigeria.
Akali, also stated that the course will seek to equip the participants with skills necessary for effective descriptive, analytical and strategic communication touching on criminal investigations and procedure.
“This in turn will enable them acquire relevant skills to give appropriate responses to citizens and media enquiries into matter of forensic and evidential nature connected to ongoing criminal investigations.”
“I have no doubt that the 3-days workshop would, amongst other benefits, impact Police Spokespersons positively, particularly in the areas of Strategic Communication and Crime Scene Management.”
He added that, the participants of this course must be reminded that, to succeed as Police Image Managers, they must be versatile and have deep theoretical and practical knowledge of all aspects of policing, covering administration, operations, investigations, forensics, amongst others.”
“Therefore, the quest for resourcefulness, remains an integral part of the objective of this course” he said.