“I Almost Ran Away From The Police Academy”- Lagos State Police PRO, SP Dolapo Badmus
I was actually influenced by my uncle. He wanted to be a police officer. He graduated in 1984, sought to enroll in the force and could not get the opportunity. He talked me into the career – always saying you have the physique, the height and the stamina to be in the force. But mind you, I was never a tom-boy while growing up.
When we got to the training academy, it was a different world. On the onset, I wanted to run away but for one female colleague. She had half of her family members in the police force and it was not like anything to her. For me the 18 months in the training academy were like 18 years. It was the advent of mobile phone services but in the Academy, there was not even connectivity not to talk about other restrictions that left you with no choice.
At that point, I was like ‘Oh my God’ is this what I will pass through for 18 months?’ But, I lived with it. At some point I made up my mind that I was at a point of no return after the gun training that toughened my imagination.
I am satisfied but not fulfilled yet. I am barely 15 years out the stipulated 35 years in the service. This profession is not for everyone rather it is for those who have the passion for protecting the oppressed in the society. This is a very noble job that gives you the opportunity to free the oppressed. When I was growing up, I was always in the forefront of fighting for my mates against the oppression of boys against girls.
In the African setting, women are relegated and maltreated. There are two things I actually concern myself with in life which is how to be successful and how to fight against domestic violence. This is not necessarily against women alone but anything that connotes domestic violence of both genders. Most people who noticed my effort in such areas deemed it wise to involve me in their talk shows, seminars and workshops.
It is by God’s grace that I have found myself in this position as Lagos State Police PRO. I will also extend my gratitude to the regime of the new Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Kpotun Idris who has given women the opportunity to break forth and show what they can do. It goes without saying that the force recognizes and rewards hard work.
I value what I do in the police force. I want to be a role model to others, to let them know, hard work does not kill.