The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has said the Nigeria Police Force has bad image in the perception of most citizens and asked the public relations officers of the force to launder the image.
Adamu stated this on Tuesday in an address he presented at the opening ceremony of the Police Public Relations Officers’ Conference at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Agulu, Anambra State.
The conference had the theme, ‘Public Relations Strategies and Communication skills.’
Represented by Assistant- Inspector General of Police, Baba Tijjani, the IG said, “The workshop is part of my administration’s commitment to enhancing the capacity of officers, whose primary responsibility it is to manage the image and information dissemination process towards repositioning the Nigeria Police and changing the uninformed perceptions and faulty narratives about the Nigeria Police Force.
“Unarguably, certain indiscretions and perceived inactions by some personnel of the Force as well as the security challenges in some parts of the country impact negatively on the image of the Force.
“This reality coupled with the dynamic nature of crime, rapidly advancing information and communication technology, and the changing policing environment that we deal with in the line of our duty have combined to redefine both the concept of policing and the perception of the police by the citizens.”
He added, “Indeed, experts have asserted that there is an intertwining relationship between public perception and the effectiveness of the police to attain its internal security mandate.
“The essence of this is that our ability to win over public trust and confidence as a pathway to crime management is precedent on the capacity of you, the officers here seated to rebrand the police and project it positively to the citizens.”