To Curb Domestic Violence, IGP Unveils New Operational Guidelines For Law Enforcement Officers

To Curb Domestic Violence, IGP Unveils New Operational Guidelines For Law Enforcement Officers

Oluwapelumi Fasoyin

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, new operational guidelines for the police and other law enforcement agencies have been issued out.

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed.A Adamu, NPM, mni unveiled the prevention enforcement duties, today, 8th June, 2020 at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.

In a statement issued on Monday by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, disclosed that the guidelines will also fight “crimes such as domestic violence, rape, child molestation and other incidents of Gender-Based Violence (GBV).”

IGP Adamu lamented on the increase in reported cases of domestic violence, rape, defilement, cybercrimes etc linked with the COVID-19 restrictions.

He noted that the unfortunate incidents have prompted the introduction of these Operational Guidelines which will help to adequately coordinate and reshape the conducts of personnel of the Force.

He believes that it also serves as a standard code of conduct for Police officers in similar operations in the future.

 Adamu ordered the strengthening of the Gender-Desk Units and the Juvenile Welfare Centres (JWCs) across the country and the deployment of investigative assets to deal with gender-related offences in order to rid the nation of crimes relating to Gender-Based Violence.

He added that the Cybercrime Unit of the Force has also been strengthened to deal with cybercrimes connected with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The IGP have instructed all Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Commissioners of Police in Zonal and State Commands as well as Heads of Police Departments/Formation to make the Guidelines subject of departmental briefings and lectures.

“The Operational Guidelines will also serve as a training manual in all Police training institutions,” the statement partly read.

The police boss also appreciated the Executive Director, CLEEN Foundation and the representative of the British High Commission for their contributions and presence during the unveiling of the Operational Guidelines.

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