The medical team of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, on Wednesday converged on Lagos state to begin arrangements for the mental evaluation exercise to be carried out on all armed policemen.
The exercise is meant to assist in promoting principles of people-oriented policing as directed earlier this year by the then Inspector-General.
Then Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase had in January, disclosed that the NPF was considering conducting psychiatric test on recruits and serving officers, stressing that the Force would also consider the idea of a Trauma Centre for its officers because of the nature of their job.
The IGP had explained that the initiative became necessary following incidents of indiscriminate use of firearms by personnel of the force.
The Zone 2 Police Command in Onikan, Lagos state, on Wednesday said the test would be done to maintain standards in the handling of firearms, and police activities in Lagos and Ogun states, the two states that Zone 2 covers.
In a statement made available to newsmen, the Assistant Inspector-General for Zone 2, CP Abdulmajid Ali, said, “The medical team which arrived Lagos state from Abuja comprised of experts and trained psychiatrists from the police medical department and the Melville Healthcare Centre in Abuja.
“The team was led by the AIG Medical, Stella Akintade.
“Units such as the Police Mobile Force and the Special Anti-Robbery Squads, SARS, are to attend a workshop which will mark the beginning of the medical exercise,” the statement added.