With alert. Today, even before going to church,

With
the numerous functions of the Nigerian police and the power conferred to them
by the Nigerian constitution, how effective are the Nigerian police in the
carrying out of their basic functions and duties? What do they do on a daily
basis to enhance the state of the nation? How corrupt are they perceived to
be?  What steps can be taken to reduce
corruption in the police force? These questions and so many others are
difficult to answer because of the many challenges and problems that has eaten
into the Nigerian police force, problems like lack of adequate scientific
equipment’s for detecting crime and security like CCTV cameras, collection of
bribes, illiteracy of police officers, inadequate transportation, lack of
motivation, failure to train police officers well has led to untimely death of
both criminal and victim…these problems are reducing the confidence of the
general public in the Nigerian police force. People do not respect the police
because of the general belief that the police are corrupt and do not deserve
the due respect. Imagine a house being robbed and d police is called and they
do not arrive for hours. People do not feel safe anymore even in the comfort of
their homes, they sleep with one eye open and ears alert. Today, even before
going to church, people would have to think twice, especially in the Northern
part of Nigeria. This is an irresponsible act which occurs on a daily basis.
The Nigerian police slogan goes thus: “THE POLICE IS YOUR FRIEND”. But, come to
think of it, are they really? People do not believe in the police, maybe due to
the past experiences they have had with the police or other reasons best known
to them. The public perception of the police in Nigeria has greatly affected
the level of support given to the police by community members in fighting
crime. As a result of this, many hold back from giving important information
which could have helped to checkmate crime to the police. Public participation
is very important in assisting the police to achieve the desired effective
crime prevention and control but people have refused to cooperate with the
police.