The value of training the workforce of any organization or institution can never be overemphasized. This is because consistent training helps in reinforcing the values, goal and objective of that institution, amongst other things.
The cause of the recent outcry by the Nigerian citizens against the SARS unit of the Police Force and by extension the Police as a whole, cannot be further separated from this lack of training, especially consistent and updated training.
As we applaud those who have gone out to protest the brutality, we implore that in the course of reforming the police, the institution incorporates consistent and up-to-date trainings at the centre of the reformation, for a better Nigeria Police Force and a better Nigeria.
How does training -not forgetting to lay emphasis on consistent training- help curb the excesses of the Police you might ask.
IT HELPS IN REORIENTATION AND DISPELLING OUTDATED BELIEFS
The outdated orientation that those with dreadlocks, colored hair or with tattoos, or those who necessarily do not fit into the “ideal responsible” dress sense are criminals, has been one of the many misjudgments used by SARS to carry out most of their unlawful practices.
If they have been consistently trained on more intelligent ways to fish out criminals, especially armed robbers, which is their unique division, there would not be the outcry we hear today.
TRAININGS REINFORCE AND IMPROVE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE THAT MAKES ONE EFFIECIENT IN THEIR ROLES
Besides the training that occurs during onboarding, there should be series of unending trainings. This is not unique to just the corporate industry. The police force also needs consistent trainings to improve and reinforce the skills and knowledge they need to carry out their activities. Failure to consistently train is closely associated to the reason why some units in the police began taking on roles that was not part of their job description and like every other industry, productivity and reputation took a downward slope.
These might just be two points but we cannot deny the huge impact trainings alone can have in bettering the Police Force. We hope the necessary bodies responsible for these, take more intentional actions, in order to have a better society of us all.