The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Chintua Amajor Onu has expressed worry over lack of mentorship among officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force, saying it has negatively affected the profession.
DIG Onu who noted the pragmatic efforts of the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase toward rebuilding the image of the Police in line with the professional charter, said the efforts called for strong supports by officers and men of the force.
The DIG made this known in Uyo while delivering a lecture to officers and men drawn from various units and departments of the state police command during her official visit to Akwa Ibom state police command.
Onu who is the supervising DIG for South/South frowned that instead of the old and senior officers mentoring younger officers to acquire the requisite professional expertise; they are busy applying for extension of service which is not helping the profession.
In her words, “What we lack so much is mentorship. We are not doing very well in this area and the earlier we start doing it the better for the country.”
“If you are a specialist you have to mentor other officers to replace you when you are leaving the profession” she added.
She urged the officers to have a change of attitude to work and be proactive as well as build a partnership with the public in order for the public to be of assistance to them in information sharing.
“You must build partnership with the public because it is the public that will give you information that you need, you cannot expect much from the public if there is no partnership’’ she stressed.
She also stressed on respect for fundamental human rights, warning that any officer caught infringing on the right of others would face the penalty of the offence.
The DIG discussed that the Inspector General of Police and his management team have agreed that Police would not spent money for any untoward behaviour from officers stressing that anyone who misbehave is on his own.
Onu who spoke on the need for every Police officer to be ICT compliance by enrolling in ICT centre to updates their knowledge and skills, also warned against corruption.
Earlier the state Commissioner of Police, Murtala Mani, commended the synergy between the Police and other security agencies which he noted has reduced the crime rate to the barest minimum in the state.
“We are working together with stakeholders in the security business and we have been able to keep our communities safe” he said.
The commissioner said he was constantly reviewing the security situation in the state for optimal results.