For Individual Police officer, Commands are normally requested to nominate a given number of personnel between the rank of Inspectors of Police to Chief Superintendents and in some special cases, Assistant Commissioners of Police. Nominated officers are then invited for screening as follows: –
|1. The Cooper Test The mandatory Cooper test is conducted to ascertain the physical fitness/readiness of the candidate for deployment to PSOs. It requires a candidate to run a distance of one and a half (1.5) Kilometers within a given time limit, as listed below: –|
|BETWEEN 25 YEAR and 29 YEARS||3 MINUTES||4 MINUTES|
|BETWEEN 30 YEARS and 39 YEARS||4 MINUTES||5 MINUTES|
|BETWEEN 40 YEARS AND 49 YEARS||5 MINUTES||6 MINUTES|
|50 YEARS AND ABOVE||6 MINUTES||7 MINUTES|
2. Medical Examination
Candidates who qualify in the Cooper test will undergo the UN prescribed medical examination to ascertain their physical and psychological wellness. The tests include, among others: –
- Blood Pressure;
- Blood sugar level;
- Hepatitis A,B &C
- Psychological wellness
- Pregnancy (for women) etc.
3. Computer Assessment
Candidates are tested on basic Computer skills
The Selection Assistance and Assessment Team (SAAT) is usually dispatched to contributing countries, upon request by the Member state (MS)to assist in assessment and selection of qualified personnel to serve in PSOs. SAAT visits are very important to the Contributing countries, as candidates not assessed by SAAT in the home country are assessed on arrival at the mission area and if they are not successful, they will be repatriated at the expense of the contributing country. It is against this background that the Nigeria Police made it mandatory for candidates to undergo SAAT before deployment as IPOs. The validity of SAAT is two (2) years, after which a candidate may have to participate in another SAAT.
Prior to such visits, the Directorate conducts pre-SAAT assessment in order to train, screen, select and prepare candidates for the SAAT proper. Just like the SAAT, pre-SAAT assessment is in four phases: –
Phase 1:Combined Language Assessment (CLA). This assessment is conducted in accordance with the mission’s language, usually English or French and includes–
- Reading Comprehension;
- Report Writing;
- Oral Interview and
- Computer test.
For the reading comprehension and report writing, candidates are required to score a minimum of 70% to qualify for participation in the rest of the exercise. Oral interview is meant to test the candidate on his/her communication skills, professional experience, knowledge of the Organization’s (UN/AU/ECOWAS) core values and competencies etc.
Phase 11: Driving Assessment. This is conducted with a 4 X 4 manual transmission vehicle and includes:
- Vehicle handling/maneuver, which involves completion of a driving course within five minutes and
- Road test, where a candidate is tested on practical drivingon all aspects of driving.
Phase 111: Weapon handling and shooting
- Stripling and reassembling a weapon (Weapon must be that to be used in the mission;
- Shooting from five meters;
- Shooting from seven meter.
A candidate is given five bullets on each line and will be required to hit the 45 X 45 CM target with at least nine of the ten bullets