The Nigerian Police Force has reviewed its work schedule for greater efficiency and productivity. Specifically, the Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, has ordered that shift duty structure of the force which is currently a 12-hour, two-shift system be reverted to the traditional eight-hour, three-shift standard.
Adamu, who charged officers on professionalism, said the current police management would ensure that the challenges facing the force, as well as career and welfare are addressed on a sustainable basis.
“To aid in enhancing the emotional, psychological, physical and medical well-being of all police personnel with a view to keeping them fit and preparing them for optimal law enforcement service delivery, it is pertinent to note that efficiency in discharge of police duties requires a good state of physical, mental and psychological well being.
“Indeed, arguments have been raised that the resonating incidents of misuse of firearms and other extra-judicial actions by police personnel often result directly from work-related stresses and emotional conditions which disorient their rationality.
“In consideration of this, I have ordered that with immediate effect, the shift duty structure of the police which is currently a 12-hour, two-shift system should be reverted to the traditional eight-hour, three-shift standard. This directive is specifically informed by the need to address a major, age-long occupational stress/long hours of duty which causes depression and abuse of power and other unprofessional conducts.
“For purpose of clarity, henceforth, no police personnel should be made to perform any duty exceeding eight-hours within a space of 24 hours unless there is a local or national emergency. All of these, if not medically managed, could engender unprofessional reactions with fatal consequences to the affected police personnel and members of the public.
“Additionally, NPMS must start placing strategies and techniques including cognitive therapy and emotional intelligence models that will strengthen the stress management capacity and operational resilience of all personnel. I challenge you to engage these issues as part of your agenda for this conference,” said the police boss.