Sustainable Rural Policing and Community Development in Nigeria. A Study of Okutukutu Community in Yengaoa LGA, Bayelsa State

Tonipre Titus, Nikereuwem Stephen Ekpenyong


This research study aims to investigate the relationship between sustainable rural policing and community development in Nigeria, focusing on the Okutukutu Community in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. The study recognizes the importance of effective policing in promoting community safety and fostering socio-economic development in rural areas. However, limited research has explored the specific dynamics and challenges faced by rural communities in Nigeria, particularly in the context of sustainable policing and community development.
Using a mixed-methods approach, the study will employ both qualitative and quantitative research methods to gather comprehensive data. Qualitative data will be collected through interviews, focus group discussions, and observations, while quantitative data will be obtained through surveys and statistical analysis. The research will involve a sample of community members, local police officers, community leaders, and relevant stakeholders.
The study aims to achieve several objectives: 1) Assess the current state of rural policing services in Okutukutu Community, including the adequacy of police presence, response time, and community-police relations; 2) Examine the perceptions and experiences of community members regarding safety, crime prevention, and the role of police in community development; 3) Explore the existing community development initiatives in Okutukutu Community and their relationship with rural policing efforts; 4) Identify the challenges and opportunities for sustainable rural policing and community development in the study area; 5) Provide recommendations for enhancing the effectiveness and sustainability of rural policing and community development efforts in Okutukutu Community and similar contexts.
The findings of this research contribute to the existing literature on rural policing and community development in Nigeria, providing insights into the specific challenges faced by rural communities and the potential strategies for addressing them. The study’s outcomes will be valuable for policymakers, law enforcement agencies, community leaders, and other stakeholders involved in rural policing and community development initiatives. Ultimately, the research aims to contribute to the creation of safer and more prosperous rural communities in Nigeria.


Sustainable Rural Policing; Community Development; Nigeria; Okutukutu Community; Yengaoa

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