Following incessant cases of misuse of fire arms popularly known as ‘accidental discharge’ by policemen, the Police high command said it is considering conducting psychiatric test on serving officers and new intakes (recruits).
The Force headquarters also disclosed plans to establish a Trauma Centre for its officers because of the nature of their job and that the Police should be concerned about the mental health of its officers.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, who disclosed the plan at the Nigeria Police Force Health Policy Revalidation meeting in Abuja yesterday, admitted that the initiative became necessary following incidents of indiscriminate use of firearms by personnel of the force, attributing such action to the fact that there is inadequate manpower in the Force, and as such the officers are exposed to working for longer hours.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that this would not be the first time IGP Arase would be considering such an action on the officers and men of the Force, as he has consistently advised Divisional Police Officers, DPOs to always determine the mental alertness of officers before assigning firearms to them, to curtail incidents of ‘accidental discharge`.
The police chief lamented inadequate health workers, poor funding, infrastructure deficit and management deficiencies as some of the challenges holding back the force’s medical unit, but said in order to tackle these challenges, it is expedient to develop a health policy for the force.
Arase stated: “The development of any policy document entails an inclusive approach with relevant stakeholders. You all have been invited here today to review the Draft Health Policy for the Nigeria Police Force.”


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