Experts seek regular psychological training for security agents
EXPERTS yesterday in Lagos urged security agencies to do regular psychological evaluation and training for their officers with a view to achieving enhanced efficiency.
They spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos yesterday while reacting to cases of accidental discharge by some security personnel in the country.
A security consultant, Olaitan Adams, said that such training should be regular and dwell on how to handle arms.
“Aside the training, the agencies should also subject the officials handling guns to periodic psychological evaluation to monitor and stabilise their state of mind,’’ he said.
Also, Head, Media Operations at Bells Security, Charles Sullivan, noted that most cases of accidental discharge on the part of the security officials could be traced to frustration and poverty.
“Although security personnel have no excuse for accidentally shooting, it is important that government and employers in security agencies make welfare of their personnel a priority,’’ he submitted.
Also speaking, a security expert, Azeez Bankole, called for proper scrutiny of those shortlisted for employment into security outfits to ascertain that the best and most qualified candidates were recruited.
To Aliyu Hamza, retired security personnel, government should do more in terms of welfare of security personnel to elicit maximum productivity from them.
He said that the role of security personnel in protecting life and property in the country could not be over-emphasized.
NAN recalls that the Nigeria Police had recently circulated some phone numbers for Nigerians to report indecent acts of the police.
The numbers are Provost Marshall — 09053872207, Control Room — 09053872208 and X-Squad —09053872209.
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