THE INCLUSION OF EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE IN NIGERIAN POLICE RECRUITS TRAINING PROGRAMME: AGENDA FOR POLICE PERSONNEL PROSOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND EFFECTIVE POLICING
Okoiye, O. E.
Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society
Nigerian Police officers face unique challenges in the regulation of anger, resentment, and stress. These chronic emotional hazards tragically affect the high rates of murder, extra-judicial killings, domestic violence, and alcoholism among police officers. In addition to the obvious stresses and risks of police work, a less visible burden on officers comes from the tension between the opposite socialization of the paramilitary structure of the police versus the demands of ordinary citizens. In dealing with citizens, the rules of rank are far less clear. The result is mounting militarized resentment and anger against citizens. However, with Emotional Intelligence training, officers could learn to: understand and respectfully cope with the anger of non-offending citizens, recognize the earliest and most subtle signs of aggression in citizens, respond (not react) to the anger of suspects and uncooperative citizens, while regulating their own anger for maximum performance with minimum threat to lives. This paper therefore, examines the impact emotional intelligence training in police recruits educational training programmes could have on their professional development and effective policing in Nigeria.