As part of its efforts to boost the efficiency of its law enforcement officers, the Lagos State Government is to begin a four-week training for officials of Traffic Management Agency, Kick Against Indiscipline and the Neighbourhood Watch.
A statement on Sunday by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Transport Education, Dr. Mariam Masha, explained that the training was in furtherance of the desire of Governor Babatunde Fashola to promote law and order in the state.
It added that the government intended to achieve this by continuously improving the quality of personnel in its enforcement agencies and maintaining a professional status by instituting training programmes that were practical, effective and consistent with international best practices.
The statement read in part, “The career evaluation training, which would commence on September 24, 2012, is aimed at equipping the officers with the requisite skills to ensure law and order in the state. It is also expected to enhance the capacity of the officers to effectively implement the recently passed Lagos Road Traffic Law.”
Masha explained that the training would involve 7,916 officers comprising of 2, 749 LASTMA; 1, 011, KAI; and 4, 156 Neighbourhood Watch.
She added that the training would also determine the suitability and ability of each personnel for the assigned job as officers entrusted to promote law and order in the state.
She said it would also help the government to achieve appropriate re-orientation of the officers and professionalism in the discharge of their duties.
She said, “Government appreciates the difficult, yet important position law enforcement officers are exposed to in their efforts to promote law and order.
“The officers, who will undergo the training as a team in order to promote espirit de corps among them, will be trained through seminars and scenario-based sessions which are designed to enhance learning and build trust in the people they serve.
“The project areas are community service, where officers will work in communities to tackle issues ranging from traffic, environment and security as well as volunteering in homes, orphanages and rehabilitation centres across the state.”
The statement added that the training would span 20-month period.