The involvement of community members in community policing in Nigeria
While community policing is critical in the battle against crime in every neighbourhood, its efficacy is contingent on the community's preparation and support. The fundamental purpose of all civilizations is to foster an environment of cooperation rather than aggression, and to work for long-term peace and security. As a result, politicians and civic leaders are increasingly convinced that community policing is a crucial component of security strategy, owing to its role in maintaining peace. The purpose of this inquiry is to better understand community members' involvement in community policing in Nigeria. The study used a descriptive research approach and used Odeomu in Osun State's Ayadaade Local Government Area as a case study. Both qualitative and quantitative methodologies were used in the investigation. The multistage sampling strategy was adapted from non-probability methods in this study. In the first instance, purposive sampling was used, with an emphasis on eight notable town residents. Four community leaders/chiefs were also purposefully chosen since they possess adequate understanding of community policing in the area. Respondents were stratified in each of the designated areas. A total of 400 copies of questionnaire were sent to six areas for the quantitative sample, covering only the first and second objectives. The data gathered for this investigation were analyzed qualitatively as well as quantitatively. The study concluded that community policing is becoming a more popular strategy for ensuring Nigeria's long-term peace and security. However, in order for it to work, it must put a high value on the participation of the community members.
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