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Title:Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Nigerian police
Author:Musa, Ahmadu
Periodical:African Administrative Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:The number of police officers and the resources available for policing are the two traditional measures of police efficiency. However, in Nigeria, these measures may be said to have been distorted during the period of military rule as a result of the cumulative effect of the neglect of the police force. Furthermore, the police in Nigeria does not seem to be getting a favourable response from the population which they are supposed to protect. This has been attributed not only to extortion, but also to poor performance. The 1980s witnessed an unprecedented increase in crime rates which could not be matched by the law enforcement capabilities of the police. From 1999 onwards, the federal government has taken various measures to redress the situation, including the implementation of a police reform programme. The police force has been restructured to enhance the degree of operational efficiency and ensure an effective grass-roots monitoring and supervision. The main debate is whether a centralized or a decentralized police force will achieve greater efficiency. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]