Accidental Discharge, Brutality: IG Order’s Psychological Evaluation of Police Officers before collecting Firearms.
In a bid to ensure the safety of members of the public which they are supposed to protect, and ensure the return to professionalism, Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase has ordered the psychological screening and evaluation of all Police officers before they are allowed to carry guns.
A statement from Force headquarters disclosed that the IGP who is worried by recent extrajudicial killings perpetrated by some Policemen in some parts of the country, gave the directive particularly as it regards those bearing arms to ensure that they are mentally and emotionally fit to perform their duties.
The IGP noted further “that the exercise is aimed at eliminating cases of irregularities in handling of weapons by Policemen, as well as protecting the public whom the Police has the constitutional duty to serve, and not to continue killing innocent and law-abiding citizens.
The IGP added that “the central purpose of this exercise is to offer mental health recommendations that can help restore an officer to job fitness and deploy such Policeman to appropriate section he/she is fit to work.
“IGP Arase has, therefore, directed all Police medical doctors across the nation to conduct psychological test on all Policemen bearing firearms in their respective Commands, every three months”.
He noted that if any Police officer has a psychological condition or impairment unattended, it will impact negatively on the overall performance of the Nigeria Police Force.
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