The Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Kayode Egbetokun, has led a delegation of Senior Officers of the Nigeria Police Force to the prestigious International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference 2023 in San Diego, Carlifornia, United States of America.
The conference which is themed, ‘The Real Advantage’, is geared towards providing an invaluable platform for police leaders and professionals around the world to engage with contemporary law enforcement issues of global significance.
The Conference which began from 14th will end on 17th October 2023 and presently ongoing at the San Diego Convention Centre hosts International Police Chiefs and Senior Officers, as well as experts and practitioners in various fields of law enforcement.
Recognizing the value of professional development, the Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, and the Assistant Secretary of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Service (INL) of the United States, Todd Robinson have during the conference agreed to consider programs aimed at “training the trainers” to enhance the capacity of the Nigeria Police Force through the development of skilled and knowledgeable trainers, as well as the importance of digitalization and cloud-based data integration for the Nigeria Police Force.
The partnership was sealed at a meeting, which took place on 15th October 2023, at Hilton Hotel, Downtown, San Diego as part of the professional working visit to the United States for the 130th Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference. This was made known by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a press statement on Monday.
During the discussions, the IGP highlighted several key areas of focus and collaboration, including the Special Intervention Squad in addressing critical security challenges in Nigeria.
He expressed gratitude for the support received from INL, which has greatly contributed to the development of the Transitional Police Unit and the progress of the Special Intervention Squad initiative.
The meeting equally touched the need to strengthen efforts related to the Sex Offenders Registry Database, an essential tool in safeguarding communities from sexual offenders and public safety. Both parties discussed ways to enhance community safety through effective management and utilization of this registry.
The INL Assistant Secretary, while congratulating the IGP on his appointment, reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to assisting the NPF, including readiness to support ongoing reform efforts within the Force, emphasizing the importance of prompt action. He encouraged the Nigeria Police to provide specific requests for support, pledging assistance in all areas deemed necessary for the force’s continued improvement.