Community policing as a strategy for conflict and crime prevention: A case study of Katikamu North, Luwero District.
Draza, Ben Jackson
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A study to analyze community policing as a strategy for conflict and crime prevention was conducted in Katikamu North, Luwero district using descriptive research design. The study intended to establish the extent to which community policing has attempted to prevent crime and solve conflicts; ascertain the constraints encountered in employing community policing as a strategy to solve conflicts and prevent crime and explore opportunities and prospects that would foster community policing as a strategy to solve conflicts and prevent crime in Katikamu north. It was found out that community policing is fairly effective in preventing crime. Community policing has prevented crime and conflicts through seminars and trainings, brochures and other materials sensitizing on crime prevention tips and on how and where to report. The Community Liaison Officers have been to the grassroots to sensitize the masses. Logistical support, cultural beliefs and illiteracy, lack of trained personnel in community policing, poor motivation of CLOs and political influences are the major constraints to community policing. Availability of CLOs, human resource development within the force, and the good communication network are the most important opportunities available for the furtherance of the work of community policing. The study recommends greater co-operation between police and the community, most especially in the use of the LCs. Facilitation in form of logistical support is urgently needed to facilitate the work of CLOs. This is in form of transport, allowances and communication gadgets. The number of trained personnel in community policing should be increased. There’s need to station a CLO at a parish level. Refresher courses should be organized on customer care and prompt response to public issues.