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AN ANALYSIS OF THE PERCEPTIONS OF THE POLICE: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF POLICING VIEWS AMONG NIGERIAN STUDENTS

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AN ANALYSIS OF THE PERCEPTIONS OF THE POLICE: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF POLICING VIEWS AMONG NIGERIAN STUDENTS

 

 

ABSTRACT

Even though there is a rich body of literature on citizens’ views of policing in the cross national research on policing views is very limited. This exploratory study examined the views of Nigerian college students on different areas of policing and compared and contrasted their views with those of  college students. Analysis of survey data from 742 college students revealed a significant difference between the two nations in their views of many aspects of policing. Specifically, Nigeria students were lower in their trust of the police, evaluations of actual police civility, expectation that police should be civil, views that the police work hard, and perceptions of the effectiveness of the police as compared to their Nigerian counterparts. Nigeria students, however, were higher in their confidence in the police, their views that the community should have input into police operations, and their support for aggressive policing than were the Nigerian students. There were no differences in views between the two groups of students in terms of actual police-community interaction and that the public should support the police. The findings also indicated that men generally had more positive perceptions of the police.

 

Key Words:

Nigerian Policing Views; College Students