The Lagos State Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI) has mapped out new training modules on the use of body camera for law enforcement officers, to aid effective execution of their duties.
The Director General of LETI, Prince Ifalade Oyekan, said this
during a sensitisation programme by the Vehicle Inspection Service at its
Lagos Island office on Saturday.
Oyekan said that this was the fourth round in the series of
sensitisation and mobilization programmes for personnel of all Lagos State
Law Enforcement Agencies.
The Agencies visited are: The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps (LNSC), the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGSEC) and the Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS).
Oyekan said that for law enforcement officers to live up to their expectations,
there was the need to train and retrain them on best global practices.
He said that the training was in line with the Lagos State
Government THEMES agenda which are: Traffic Management and Transportation;
Health and Environment; Education and Technology; Making Lagos a 21st Century
state; Security and Governance.
Stressing the benefits of the body camera, Oyekan said: â€œIn
other climes, their law enforcement agencies make use of dashboard camera and
body camera which help them carry out their duties effectively.
â€œOne of the achievements of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu is the
introduction of I-witness body camera for all law enforcement agencies, as
proposed by LETI.
â€œThe idea is that every officer will be assigned a camera and
immediately he resumes duty, the camera is expected to be on throughout
his shift, this will also serve as clock in and out.
â€œWith the cameras assigned to officers, they will be able to
capture offenders and violators which will help the Ministry of Justice to
prosecute their cases in courts based on the evidence produced from the body
â€œAlso, everything captured will be transmitted to the central
database of the enforcement agency and officers will not be able to tamper with
the device. With this, there will be more transparency and officers will carry
out their duties as expected.â€
Oyekan said that beyond sensitising the officers, visits to the
various agencies had enabled him ascertain their training needs in order to
tailor the training curriculum to their challenges.
He said that with the COVID-19 pandemic, the institute
would soon commence online training for officers in various cadres.
Responding, Mr Hakeem Balogun, the Area Commander, VIS,
Lagos Island Command, expressed gratitude to LETI for enlightening them on innovative ways
to optimise their operations. (NAN)