The Interface of Formal and Informal Policing Structures in Calabar Metropolis: Implication for Community Policing In Nigeria
Dr. Moses U. Ikoh

The failure of the Police to single handedly detect, prevent and control crime has resulted in community members forming informal policing structures (IPS) in the country. This study employed a combination of qualitative and quantitative research techniques to collect and examine data from community members and the Police on the operation of IPS in Calabar Metropolis. It found evidence of effectiveness in crime prevention and control with a significant impact in conflict resolution. Based on these findings, the study called for a deliberate networking between the IPS and the Police that can result in community-oriented policing in the country.

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