IIPS trains 91 Police Officers on criminal profiling in Lagos

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The International Institute of Professional Security, IIPS, trained 91 police officers over the weekend during a two-day training session at the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Panti Lagos, focusing on criminal profiling.

The training marked the second event organized by Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, Ahmed Lateef since he assumed office in March 2024.

According to DCP Lateef, training police officers has always been my utmost desire. “For officers to perform well in their various departments, training is inevitable. This is why I always go the extra mile to deploy experts to come and train my men because it has been my utmost desire.”

Speaking to newsmen about the training, State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Public Relations Officer, ASP Uthman Mogaji added that the training comprised 91 police officers as well as Industrial Training, IT, students.

She stated, “We had training with people from the International Institute of Professional Security. The total number of officers that participated was 91, including the Area Commander from Area D, and all Divisional Police Officers, DPO, under his supervision.

“We had six IT students who were also involved in the training. During the two-day lecture, the first trainer, Mr. Gbon Thomas, explained the difference between criminal profiling and police investigation and provided us with the best of his knowledge.

“Following that, we had Mrs. Folashade, who lectured on social skills. She emphasized the skills needed to be good investigators, such as effective communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Her lecture was impactful. Afterward, Dr. Tunji took the stage and discussed leadership in the security department, covering the laws of leadership, wisdom, humility, and decision-making. Every officer involved in the training was able to take home valuable lessons. Dr. Tunji also talked about diplomacy and other related topics.”

Continuing, Mogaji added, “It was a two-day training with facilitators from the International Institute of Professional Security. Dr. Tunji took the first part on the first day and taught us the fundamentals of pathfinding. He explained the aims and objectives of investigations, the characteristics of pathfinding, and the importance of impartiality and honesty. He also discussed the gathering of material evidence.

“Another lecturer discussed criminal profiling, quoting Otega 1999, stating that profiling must be based on facts rather than assumptions. The lecture was educational, covering topics such as victimology.”

Speaking on the criteria used in selecting participants, Mogaji added, “The criteria for being a partaker were open to everyone. There were no restrictions. Since DCP resumed office, he has been consistently organizing training for us since March 2024.”

Officers from various divisions were seen by this reporter in uniform, writing and asking questions during the two-day event.

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