UNODC, EU Trains Nigeria Police on Ethics, Behavioural Change

UNODC, EU Trains Nigeria Police on Ethics, Behavioural Change‎

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By Alex Uangbaoje 

Determined to ensuring an effective and corruption free  policing in Nigeria, ‎United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) under the framework of the European Union (EU) have commenced a two-day high-level training for the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on integrity, ethics and behavioural change.

The training which is anchored on supporting the NPF in its capacity building by equipping officers with skills that will enable them apply and sustain 
ethical considerations in their mandate of prevention and detection of crime, and particularly corruption related offences.

Speaking at the opening ceremony in Kaduna, Sylvester Atere,‎
National Programme Officer ‎Outreach and Communications‎, UNODC Nigeria, said the training is necessitated by the growing concern for a more people oriented, effective and pro-social police organisation. 

According to him, the training will also help the officers “understand the ethical frameworks in the NPF in the Police regulation and and the Nigeria Police Code of Conduct 2013.”

“They will ‎appreciate the use of ethical framework as a tool for corruption prevention within the Nigeria Police; identify strategies for influencing attitudinal change in the place of work ; acquire skills for developing emotional and social intelligence.”‎‎

“The focus of the training is to instill integrity, ethics and enhance professionalism in the Nigeria Police Force as a respected institution engaged in detection and prevention of crime in Nigeria.” He said.‎

Atere revealed that about two hundred (200) officers drawn from strategic departments, units and formations across the country are participating in the training programme holding simultaneously in three states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) representing four (4) zones in the country. 

“Participants comprise forty (40) instructors of Police Training Schools and one hundred and sixty (160) middle management staff from Nigeria Police.”

“The forty (40) who are being trained in Lagos are expected to develop an action plan for conducting step-down training, which on knowledge gained, the other one hundred and sixty (160) ‎officers area having their training conducted in Abuja, Enugu and Kaduna state respectively.

Some of the participants argued that the Nigeria Police is a product of the society as such, what the society gives the police is what they are getting back.

The said many families in Nigeria would not allow some of their best children to join the rank and file of the police rather they are sending those that are not serious, who are living waywardly and when they eventually join they begin to manifest what they are.

They suggest that attitudinal change should start from the larger society even before coming to join the police or any other organisation.

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