A week long training on human rights for 28 officers from the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, concluded Monday in Prince William County, Virginia.
Focusing on human rights -based policing, the goal of the week-long training course was to provide advanced human rights training to NPF officers deploying to the northeast and to trainers from the NPF’s academies and colleges to facilitate a train-the-trainer program.
According to statement from the U.S Embassy, the curriculum for the training was developed based on the current environment in northeast Nigeria and includes training on the importance of the promotion and protection of human rights, legal sources of human rights in Nigeria, human rights-based policing, and human rights challenges in post-conflict stability restoration operations.
“The training featured a hands-on, scenario-based approach to instruction that allows the students to work through practical exercises based on a scenario specific to the challenges being faced in areas affected by the fight against Boko Haram.”
Rosalyn Wiese, Director, U.S. International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Nigeria, in her remarks during the graduation ceremony for the 28 officers that successfully completed the advanced human rights training said, the United States government is partnering with the Government of Nigeria to support efforts to deploy additional civilian security, particularly police, to northeast Nigeria.
She highlighted human rights as an area of study that is particularly important for all security forces when providing security for vulnerable populations. Ms. Wiese thanked the NPF for their partnership to continuously invest in their people by providing them the opportunity to gain valuable skills that will make them a more effective and professional police force.