Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu Abubakar has disclosed that the Nigerian Police Force under his leadership came up with the idea of the National Police Institute because knowledge is power and no organisation can perform above the intellectual quality of its personnel.
Speaking at the launch of a book ‘Introduction to Law Enforcement: A Training Guide for the Nigerian Police Force’ authored by DIG Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi (rtd), the IGP said, “Any organisation that aims at the optimal attainment of its mandate must of necessity, invest in its human assets through a strategic human capacity development plan.
“It is in appreciation of this that I have been initiating sets of actions that are directed at bridging the manpower gap in the Nigeria Police.
“Aside the sustenance of the Police recruitment exercise, we recently approved the establishment of the National Institute of Police Studies.
“This is with the long-term objective of bequeathing a highly skillful and professional police force to the nation.
“The Institute will provide strategic manpower development programmes for police and other law enforcement officers of the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police or its equivalent in other security agencies.
“It will work with academic partners, security agencies, international police organizations and the public to produce and commission research on priority areas for policing and public safety.
“The ultimate goal of all these efforts is to produce a pool of highly trained police personnel at both junior and strategic levels who will have the intellectual capacity and critical reasoning ability to dissect and respond to current crime trend and future dynamics of security threats in the most professionally-efficient manner.
While commending DIG Ogunjemilusi (rtd) for the book, IGP Adamu said, “I want to thank Yemi, for aiding us in this regard with his book. Permit me at this stage to call on Nigerians, especially retired police officers, to continue to collaborate with us in enhancing policing and public safety and security.
“We may not write books, but, simply giving the right information to the police at the right time could make a lot of difference. There is no community in this country without retired police officers and they would be doing the nation a lot of good by working with the police in their localities to mitigate crime.
“Our current efforts at integrating the community policing concept into policing duties presents a unique opportunity for the retired officer to be part of this process.”