Police don’t need another institute

The Nigeria Police Force on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, announced the establishment of a National Institute for Police Studies.

The Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, said in a statement that the establishment of the institute was part of efforts geared toward providing the nation with a highly skillful and professional police force.

He said the institute, which is an affiliate of the Nigeria Police Force Academy, Wudil, Kano State, would provide police personnel, alongside other members of the national security community with needed skills and knowledge on safety and security.

According to Mba, the institute will work with academic partners, security agencies, international police organisations and the general public to, among other things, produce and commission original research on priority for policing and public safety.

It would also collate and share the best available evidence assessment, and also provide strategic manpower development for police and security officers of the rank of commissioner of police or its equivalent in other security agencies, he said.

Mba announced that a Professor of Police Studies and presently the Technical Adviser to the Inspector General of Police, Olu Ogunsakin, has been appointed as pioneer director of the institute, which will be temporarily located within the Police Staff College in Jos, Plateau State.

The police spokesman quoted the IGP as saying that in addition to sharpening the skills of strategic police officers and senior officers from other security agencies, the institute will help in finding solutions to emerging security challenges in the country.

The setting up of another institute, especially to further the professional competence of our police, may be a welcome development, especially giving the security challenges facing the country which are daily growing.

However, in recent times, there seems to be a race among the security agencies in the country in the setting up of one institute or the other. The Army, Navy and Air Force have established universities or institutes in addition to their training institutes that have been upgraded to meet the changing times.

This is in addition to the Nigeria Defence College and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), which trains senior officers in policy and advanced defence issues.

Giving the economic situation the country faces, it is surprising that we are still finding avenues to incur more expenditure in unnecessary fields. It is expected that the police would concentrate more on recruiting and training personnel that would meet the needs of the present security threats of the country. It is also expected that the force would spend more time improving on its equipment and exposing its rank and file in modern police techniques. It is also surprising that the force is not thinking of recruiting more police. Indeed, the last time there was massive recruitment into the force was about three years ago. The current attempt to recruit has been bogged down following the misunderstanding between the IGP and the Police Service Commission.

It is our belief that the Nigeria Police Force should exploit all the available, numerous avenues to train their senior personnel and carry out any study instead of adding another expenditure burden on the nation. They can utilise any of our universities conduct researches for them.

We strongly suggest that the Nigeria Police Force would do well to use the money for the establishment of a new institute to recruit more men and buy more equipment to meet the dire security challenges facing the nation.

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