The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has approved the training of new officers in public relations and social media in all police colleges and training schools in the country.
The IGP’s adoption of the training follows the lecture police constables received on public relations and social media in 16 Police Colleges and Training Schools in Nigeria.
The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi who lectured the recruits, said the public relations and social media training were aimed at improving service delivery and efficiency of the constables while discharging their duty.
According to Adejobi, the IGP expects the training to ex-ray the doctrines, ethics, and values of policing that are critical to their efficiency, service delivery and improved security in Nigeria.
He said: “The Nigeria Police Force has deemed it necessary to lecture its recruit Constables who are on training across the 16 Police Colleges and Training Schools to imbibe and put to use principles of public relations for improved service delivery and efficiency while discharging their duty.”
The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who was at the Police College Ikeja, on Monday 17th October 2022, reaffirmed the need to adopt Public Relations to boost policing strategies and ideas of NPF personnel for tackling crimes and criminality, and other forms of social vices in Nigeria.
The Force PRO however warned the recruits to be of good character as worthy ambassadors of the Nigeria Police, even as they are preparing for their passing out from the training college into mainstream policing, and to acquire the necessary capacity for a laudable and commendable election security management of the 2023 General Elections.
In addition, the Force PRO reminded the recruits of the need to adhere strictly to the provisions of the Nigeria Police Force social media Policy, which guides Police personnel on the use and regulation of social media platforms, as a violation of the policy may cause them to face the wrath of the law.
The Social Media Policy of the Force prohibits reckless and inappropriate use of social media platforms to promote indiscipline, unethical acts and unapproved activities of police personnel, either in an official or personal capacity.