Seek solution to stress-related misconducts, IGP tasks police medics

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, has tasked medical personnel in the Nigeria Police Force to come up with solutions to stress-related misconducts by police officers.

Speaking at the conference of heads of police medical facilities, Thursday at the Force Headquarters Abuja, Adamu identified work-related stress as one of the reasons for unprofessional conducts by some police personnel.

He maintained that medical practitioners in the Force can address the issue by seeking workable solutions to the development and present same to the police management team so as to nib it in the board.

According to him, “Policing is a physically, mentally and psychologically demanding career. The job-related stress and constant exposure to traumatic incidents in the line of our highly-risky duties can impact negatively on the mental and overall health of Police personnel.

“The Nigeria Police Medical Services must, therefore, consistently strengthen its institutional and personnel capacity to respond in the most professional manner to this occupational reality in order to ensure that Police personnel are fit at all times for optimal performance of their statutory duties.”

He commended the Force Medical Officer, AIG Modupe Obembe, for initiating the conference, stating: “It is my expectation that the outcome of this conference will assist the police leadership in addressing the negative impact of job-related stress on the mental health of Police personnel which often occasion unprofessional conducts and widen the gap between us and the citizens in a manner that affect the attainment of our mandate.

“It is to be emphasised that the Nigeria Police Medical Services represent a critical component of my vision to take the Nigeria Police to the next level and I trust that you shall continue to support my aspiration in this regard.”

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