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COMMUNITY POLICING RELATIONS AND PARTNERSHIP AMONG LAW ENFORCEMENT IN 21ST CENTURY CRIME REGULATION, PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT, NASARAWA STATE
A b s t r a c t
Community policing relations and partnership among law enforcement aim at crime regulation and management in Nigeria with reference to Nasarawa state, Obi Local Government Area. The study sought to identify community policing and law enforcement in crime prevention; combatting and the problems solving associates with community policing in crime prevention and partnership among law enforcement. Survey design was adopted and Questionnaire were administered. Frequency and percentages were used to describe the responses from respondents which shows that 3.56% was targeted sample from the population, out of 46 of the respondents, representing 29.5% described community policing as very effective mechanism of crime prevention in the study area. As well out of 45 respondents, 28 of the respondents representing 62.22% agreed quality information determined law enforcement and community policing responses on crime prevention. This implies that community policing is an appropriate tool for crime regulation and management. Chi-square based measure was used to examine the relationship between and among the variables and test of hypotheses. Analysis of the study revealed that community policing and police law enforcement in crime prevention has strengthen relationships of the community and the police amongst others. Furthermore, community policing and law enforcement in crime prevention faces inadequate funding, lack of enough physical structures, poor management and logistics to be some of the major problems affecting community policing and police crime prevention. The study concludes and recommends that community policing and law enforcement should be strengthening to curb crime in the society. There should also be motivation to enhance effective management of crime and collaboration between the police and community.
Keywords: Community, Policing, Crime, Management and Law Enforcement