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Defunct SARS personnel undergo mental examination, debriefing

By Amidu Arije

In an attempt to fulfil its promises on the reform of now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), the Lagos State Police Command on the instructions of the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, has flagged off the medical evaluation of the officers of the unit.

The Lagos state Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, while flagging off the medical examination debrifing exercise assured them of the committement of the Inspector General of Police to changing of the operatives and preparing them for better police duties which are entirely different from their previous duties.

Odumosu in a statement issued by the state Public Relations Officer, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, urged the personnel to believe and key into the ongoing reform agenda of the IGP in the Nigeria Police Force, as he said it is a sine-qua-none to having people-oriented policing in the country.

Speaking further on the course outline for the debriefing exercise, which runs through Wednesday 4th November, 2020, Odumosu said such courses would includes Public Relations principles, concept of Community Policing, Standard Operating Procedure of the Nigeria Police Force, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), ENDSARS: Experience, Challenges, Hopes and Aspiration, and the way forward. These topics will be handled by scholars from various fields. The medical evaluation conducted included Urinalysis, Toxicology, Fasting and Random Blood Sugar tests, and psychological test.

As a way of ensuring effectibness in discharge of their duties, the Police Commissioner charged the senior officers of the command to always supervise their men posted on duty at various locations across the state; stating that adequate supervision of officers and men will enhance good service delivery, especially, during the ember months.

Odumosu also encouraged the members of his management team, comprising Deputy Commissioners of Police, Area Commanders and Heads of Department in the command, at the meeting held at the Conference Hall, Command Headquarters, Ikeja, to put the men on their toes towards having visibility policing, adequate patrols, intelligence-driven policing and public safety across the state.

While assuring them of the supports of the Inspector-General of Police, government and good people of Lagos State, on compensation and replacement of burnt and lost facilities during the unrest, he admonished them to relate with members of the public and add more pep in solidifying the security network of Lagos State.

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