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Title:Police in the community: Perceptions of a government agency in action in Nigeria
Author:Carter, Marshall
Periodical:African Law Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
External link:https://heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/jlpul15&id=15&collection=journals&index=journals/jlpul
Abstract:Over the past decades the notion has developed in studies of the police that the public in general hold the police in fear and contempt, and that the police perception of this is a major factor in preventing improvement of police work. The harsh views of the police in Africa in general find support in writings on the judicial and police systems of Nigeria. The author examines whether this is true. His conclusion is that the interactions between police and public are not as uniformly bad as nearly all commentators contend. The public is able to assess various aspects of police behavior separately. Second, improvements in relations between the police force and the public would seem to be possible through changes in police encounters and the public images which those create. Tables; notes; ref.; résumé en français.