The police high command has entered into a partnership with the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators on the possibility of training officers of the Public Relations Department, Force Gender Unit and Gender Desks nationwide for improved mediation and professional conciliation in minor matters reported to the Police to lessen the burden of trivial cases on the court.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, made this known when he received the leadership of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) led by its President, Agada John Elachi, Louis Edet House, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
At the meeting, extensive partnership in training Community Policing officers of the Force in the area of professional mediation, reconciliation processes and other related matters to engender peacemaking and peacebuilding mechanisms were deliberated upon.
The Inspector-General of Police, while confirming the existence of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Desks across Police Commands and Formations, remarked that the Force will partner with the Institute to broaden the knowledge and skills of Police personnel to stimulate a citizen-led policing system in line with the mandate of his administration; and ensure full implementation of the Community Policing agenda.
IGP Usman Alkali Baba equally reaffirmed his commitment to regular training and re-training of officers and men of the Force to consolidate and sustain the already established standard operating procedure of the Force.
In his response, the President of the Institute, Agada John Elachi, reiterated the readiness of the Institute to partner with the Force in all spheres to improve its human, public relations and mediation processes at all levels.
The Inspector-General of Police remarked that the partnership will improve and project ADR approaches being emplaced by the Nigeria Police Force to resolve issues amongst members of the general public.