In a move aimed at correcting its bad image before citizens, the Nigeria Police Force has organised a workshop to enhance the capacity of image builders of the force.
|Mohammed Adamu, IGP
Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, while speaking at the opening ceremony of the Police Public Relations Officers’ conference, said the police force has bad image in the eyes of most Nigerians.
The conference theme of the conference is ‘Public Relations Strategies and Communication skills.’
According to the IGP who was represented by an Assistant-Inspector General of Police, Baba Tijjani, it was in realisation of the bad image of the force that his administration was embarking on image laundering activities to re-position the Police.
His statement reads in part, “It is s my pleasure to welcome you all to this very important occasion which is the opening ceremony of a four-day intensive capacity building workshop for Police Public Relations Officers in Nigeria, comprising the Police Public Relations Officers from the 36 States of the Federation, the FCT, 12 Zonal Police Public Relations Officers as well as Staff Officers of the Force Public Relations Department, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
“The workshop is part of my Administration’s commitment to the enhancing the capacity of officers whose primary responsibility it is to manage the image and information dissemination process towards re-positioning the Nigeria Police and changing the uninformed perceptions and faulty narratives about the Nigeria Police Force.
“This is with a view to rebranding the Force,” Adamu added.
He noted that experts have asserted that there is an “intertwining relationship” between public perception and the effectiveness of the Police to attain its internal security mandate.
“The import of this, is that our ability to win over public trust and confidence as a pathway to crime management is precedent on the capacity of you, the officers, to rebrand the Police and project it positively to the citizens.”