The Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Dr. Solomon Arase, has called for assistance in the area of training and capacity building for staff of the Commission and the Nigeria Police Force.
While receiving the Deputy Assistant Secretary, United States Department of State, Mr. Tobin J. Bradley, on Monday, Arase also sought the assistance of the U.S. Department of State in strengthening its recently established Compliance Monitoring Unit, a Unit dedicated to monitoring the effectiveness and efficiency of the Police Complaints Response Unit.
He noted that the Unit needs support in various areas- including training and provision of equipment, while the staff needs training exposure in the United States in form of exchange programmes.
“We need specialised training to sharpen our capacity and further develop the skills of staff,” the Chairman was quoted saying in a statement by the Commission’s Spokesperson, Ikechukwu Ani.
He also made a case for support for the training of Policemen on investigative skills and effective prosecution of cases.
In his remarks, Mr. Bradley promised to get his office to key into the requests of the Commission, adding that they are interested in working with the Commission.
“We need an effective and efficient Police service in Nigeria and we are aware there is a need for funding assistance. ” We have to identify the needs, know the budget and we can progress into training of the manpower”, he explained.
He further said the Department was ready to support Police Colleges in Nigeria, such as the Police Academy so that it achieves its objectives.
Bradley was at the Police Service Commission with Mark T. Hove, African Programme Officer, Office of Africa and Middle East Programmes of the U.S. Department of State, to discuss areas of assistance and partnership with the Commission, especially in capacity building.
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