We Need Training Exchange Programmes, Arase Tells US Envoy

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Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Dr. Solomon Arase, CFR, retired Inspector General of Police has called for assistance in the area of training and capacity building for staff of the Police Service Commission and the Nigeria Police Force.

Arase spoke in Abuja when he received in audience, visiting Deputy Assistant Secretary, United States Department of State, Mr. Tobin J. Bradley.
Mr. Bradley was at the Police Service Commission with Mark T. Hove, African Programme Officer, Office of Africa and Middle East Programmes of the US Department of State to discuss areas of assistance and partnership with the Commission especially in capacity building.

Dr. Arase invited his visitors to also assist the Commission strengthen 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 Commission’s Compliance Monitoring Unit needs support in various areas including training and provision of equipment.

Dr. Arase said the Staff of the Commission also need training exposures in the United States in the form of exchange programmes.

“We need specialised trainings to sharpen our capacity and further develop the skills of staff”, he noted.

He also made a case for support for training of Police men on investigative skills and effective prosecution of cases.

Mr. Bradley in his remarks 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 need for funding assistance. ” We have to identify the needs, know the budget and we can progress into training of the manpower”, he explained.

Mr Bradley said the Department was ready to support Police Colleges in Nigeria such as the Police Academy so that it achieves its objectives.

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