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ANALYSING THE EMOTIONAL COMPETENCE, SELF-EFFICACY AND PROFESSIONALISM AS CORRELATES OF EFFECTIVE POLICING AMONG JUNIOR OFFICERS IN SOUTH-WEST NIGERIA

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ANALYSING THE EMOTIONAL COMPETENCE, SELF-EFFICACY AND PROFESSIONALISM AS CORRELATES OF EFFECTIVE POLICING AMONG JUNIOR OFFICERS IN SOUTH-WEST NIGERIA

 

 

ABSTRACT

This study investigated the impact of emotional intelligence, self-efficacy and professionalism as correlates of effective policing among junior police officers in Southwest Nigeria. Using the descriptive survey research design, two research questions were asked and three hypotheses were tested. Data were collected using four validated instruments. Six hundred randomly selected junior police officers across Southwest Nigeria participated in the study. Analysis of data was done using the multiple regression analysis and Pearson Product Moment Correlation (PPMC). Findings showed that there were both joint and relative influences of the predictions on the criterion variable. Findings also revealed that effective policing among junior police officers is related to emotional competence, selfefficacy and professionalism. The findings have implications for police practice and mentoring in Nigeria. Thus it is recommended that the Nigeria Police authority should adequately train junior officers in the psychology of policing for effective policing to ensure adequate protection of life and property in Nigeria. Keywords: Junior Police officer, Emotional Competence, Self-efficacy, Professionalism.