Nigeria Police establishes National Institute for Police Studies, appoints Prof Ogunsakin as director

As part of efforts geared toward bequeathing a highly skilful and professional Police force to the nation, the Nigeria Police has established a National Institute for Police Studies.

According to a statement made available to newsmen n Abuja on Tuesday by the Force Public Relations Officer, FPRO, DCP. Frank Mba, the institute, which is an affiliate of the Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil Kano, is temporarily located within the Police Staff College, Jos and would provide police personnel, alongside other members of the national security community with needed skills and knowledge on safety and security.

It stated that the institute would work with academic partners, security agencies, international police organisations and the general public to, among other things, produce and commission original research on priority for policing and public safety; collate and share the best available evidence assessment, and also provides strategic manpower development for police and security officers of the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police or its equivalent in other security agencies.

Meanwhile, Professor Olu Ogunsakin, an erudite Professor of Police Studies has been appointed as the Director of the Institute.

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Ogunsakin holds a PhD in Police Studies from the University of Exeter, UK; MA in Criminal Justice, University of Detroit, Michigan, USA; PGC in Public Mediation, University of Toronto, Canada; BSc in Human Resource Development, University of Detroit, Michigan, USA. He was a Senior Adviser to the City of London Police and responsible for developing standardized operational protocols for over 10years.

He was also the lead consultant on security and policing to the Department of International Development, British Council, Nigeria and he is presently the Technical Adviser to the Inspector General of Police, Nigeria Police Force.

While congratulating the director of the institute, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), M.A Adamu, expressed strong belief that Prof Olu Ogunsakin would bring to bear his wealth of experience in the field of policing and security matters in the management of the institute.

The IGP further noted that in addition to sharpening the skills of strategic police officers and senior officers from other security agencies, the institute will help in finding solutions to emerging security challenges in the country.

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