By Adebola Adegoke/Franklin Ohaegbu
Lagos, Aug. 10, 2020 The Lagos State Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI) has called for synergy and seamless collaboration among law enforcement agencies in order to drive the THEMES agenda of the Lagos State Government.
The Head of LETI, Prince Ifalade Oyekan, made the call at the conclusion of a three-day retreat held in Badagry on Monday.
It was themed: New Approach to Law Enforcement in the 21st Century in Actualisation of the Security Pillar of the THEMES Agenda of Lagos State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the THEMES agenda of the Lagos State government is aimed at improving Traffic Management and Transportation; Health and Environment; Education and Technology; Making Lagos a 21st Century state; Security and Governance.
In attendance at the retreat were representatives from Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS), Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps (LNSC), Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGSEC) and Kick Against Insdiscipline (KAI).
Oyekan said the retreat was an opportunity for all stakeholders to discuss and deliberate on issues affecting their operations and proffer solutions on the way forward.
He said the lack of synergy among law enforcement agencies in the state could hinder the actulisation of the THEMES agenda.
The LETI boss said one of the mandates of the institute was to produce well-trained officers to meet 21st-century security challenges which could not be achieved without collaboration among the agencies.
”This retreat which is the first of its kind for the institute is an opportunity to rub minds with the agencies and make them understand the road map for LETI.
”We have discovered that law enforcement agencies are not working in synergy and are not following the law.
“In order to achieve the THEMES agenda of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, there must be collaboration and officers must be ready for the task ahead,” he said.
Oyekan said his team was on a mission to rebrand LETI and set standards for other states to emulate.
He said part of the initiatives to rebrand the institute were the redesigning of the training curriculum to meet global standards and the introduction of the use of technology such as the body-worn-camera for officers.
Oyekan said that the training curriculum had been tailored to the specific needs and duties of each law enforcement agency.
He also said that plans were in the pipeline to upgrade the status of the institute, as part of measures to rebrand and reposition it to fulfill its vision.
“There is a need to redefine the objectives of the institution from the current formula to an academy based status with an improvement in the curriculum, facilities, accreditation and commercialisation.
“The new framework is to create an academic teaching and learning style with officers majoring in specific safety and security fields asides the general knowledge of law enforcement,” Oyekan said.
He said that the facilities and curriculum would be reformed to conform to the current trend in security and safety globally with a lot of local content to meet the peculiar needs of the operating environment.
In the same vein, one of the facilitators, Mr Ope Amusan, Managing Director, NISREL Consulting, said the rebranding of LETI was pertinent to the achievement of the institute’s mission and vision statement.
He also called for more collaboration between LETI and law enforcement agencies in the state.
”In order to operate optimally in the 21st century, we cannot continue to do business the same way we used to.
”There is a need to have a paradigm shift, there must be value reorientation and LETI must work in tandem with the law enforcement agencies it serves.
”They must be collaborators to take Lagos State further than what it has always been because without synergy, we cannot achieve the Lagos of our dream, ” he said.
In his remarks, Mr Adebayo Haroun, Special Assistant to the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Lagos State, urged law enforcement officers to act within the confines of law of the state.
He said that the Ministry of Justice was committed to ensuring law enforcement officers in the state are well trained and retrained.
”The importance of this gathering is to deliberate on issues and reposition LETI to align with the Themes agenda of Lagos.
”It is also an attempt by the state to ensure law enforcement officers in the state are well trained and retrained to meet the 21st century challenges.
”Training has moved beyond telling what to do, we are now introducing the use of technology to ensure that the challenges of enforcing the laws of Lagos State are met and people are not maltreated,” he said.
One of the participants, Mr Oyenola Quadri, Head of Training at KAI, commended the efforts of the institute in ensuring well-defined law enforcement operations in the state.
”The initiatives of the institute are quite commendable and I see a lot of innovations that would benefit Lagos Law Enforcement as a whole.
”We have identified some of our challenges and training needs and I am certain our needs will be well treated, ” he said.