The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate reversal of the shift duty structure of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
While declaring open the Conference of Heads of Police Medical Facilities at the Force HQ today, the IGP announced that the current 12-hour two shifts system should be reversed to the traditional 8-hour three shifts system.
The directive means no police officer should be made to perform any duty exceeding eight hours within a space of 24 hours unless there is a local or national emergency.
The IGP said the decision is in line with arguments raised in certain quarters that incidents of misuse of firearms and other extra-judicial actions by police personnel often result directly from work-related stresses and emotional conditions which disorient their rationality.
Adamu also reiterated that the policing and internal security management strategy under the current police leadership is woven around the principles of community policing.
According to him, this is the only way to build trust between the Nigeria Police and the citizens and it is the most veritable pathway towards returning the Police to the community they serve.