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Public Policy and Administration


Marcel I. Kitissou


AbstractThe research problem of this study was centered on the state of insecurity in Lagos State and the intervention of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Agency. Evidence from previous studies supported the use of community policing, police reform, training of security personnel, and collaboration amongst security agencies as measures to address issues of insecurity in Lagos State. The purpose of this qualitative research was to examine the impact of the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Agency on the security challenges of the state and generate additional discourse. Institutional theory was used as the theoretical foundation for this research with a purposive sampling strategy for data collection. The key research question focused on the experiences of Lagos State residents on the impact of the Neighbourhood Safety Agency on security and how to improve the measures currently adopted. A purposive sample of 20 participants was selected from both Lagos Mainland and Lagos Island locations for primary data collection. Relevant themes were coded during data analysis to address areas of interest in the research question. The result of the study indicated that the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Agency has not been adequately equipped to combat insecurity in the state due to lack of proper recruitment process, inadequate training of security personnel, misplaced priority of personnel of the agency, and dearth of modern security equipment. The study drives positive social change through recommendations on effective recruitment process of personnel into the agency, training and re-orientation on operational processes, and adequate funding for modern security appliances to promote a more secured community from the grassroots in Lagos state.