Georgian Institute of Public Affairs University of TROY

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Police and Crime Control: Challenges to Efficiency

by Obi Success Esomchi

The study examined police challenges to efficiency in crime control in Kogi State with reference to Anyigba town of Dekina LGA. Consequently the study highlights the level of public police relationship in crime control, services rendered by Nigeria police personnel, factors and conditions that impede the police effective service delivery to Anyigba residents. The study method were rooted in the survey design using close and open ended questionnaire, textbooks, journals, internet materials, etc. The sample size for the study were determined statistically using Krejcie and Morgan (1970), table for finite population to select 384 adult residents in Anyigba town for the study. Data obtained were analyzed quantitatively and qualitatively on percentage tables and figures using the Special Package for Social Scientist (SPSS). Findings of the study shows among others that; institutional constraints such as inadequate manpower, insufficient education and training, inadequate equipment, poor welfare condition, corruption were the causes of police inefficiency and the effect is rising criminality in the society. The study recommends change and proactive measures in police duty to Anyigba community, Nigeria police personnel should shun illicit act of inordinate demand for bribery, the police should be properly equipped with uniforms, barrack accommodation, modern and sophisticated crime fight technology, vehicles, stationaries and good allowance.

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