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Arase solicits US support to train PSC staff, police officers

The chairman of the Police Service Commission(PSC), Dr. Solomon Arase, has called for assistance in the area of training and capacity building for staff of the commission and the Nigeria Police Force.
Arase, made the call when he received the visiting Deputy Assistant Secretary, United States Department of State, Tobin J. Bradley, at the PSC headquarters in abuja.
Bradley was at the Commission with Mark T. Hove, African Programme Officer, Office of Africa and Middle East Programmes of the US Department of State to discuss areas of assistance and partnership with the Commission, especially in capacity building.
A statement by the commission Head of Press and Public Relations, Mr Ikechukwu Ani, said the chairman invited his visitors to also assist the Commission in strengthening its recently established Compliance Monitoring Unit, a Unit dedicated to Monitoring the effectiveness and efficiency of the Police Complaints Response Unit.
He noted that the Commission’s Compliance Monitoring Unit needs support in various areas including training and provision of equipment.

Arase said the Staff of the commission also needs training exposure in the United States in the form of exchange programmes.
He said: “We need specialised training to sharpen our capacity and further develop the skills of staff.”
He also made a case for support for the training of Policemen on investigative skills and effective prosecution of cases.
Bradley. Who promised to get his office to key into the requests of the Commission, adding that they are interested in working with the Commission, said “We need an effective and efficient Police service in Nigeria and we are aware there is a need for funding assistance. We have to identify the needs, know the budget and we can progress into training of the manpower.”
He said the Department was ready to support Police Colleges in Nigeria such as the Police Academy so that it achieves its objectives.

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