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Hills, A. On Being a Professional Police Officer in Kano. Sociologus, 63(1–2), 81-102.
Hills, Alice "On Being a Professional Police Officer in Kano" Sociologus 63.1–2, 2013, 81-102.
Hills, Alice (2013): On Being a Professional Police Officer in Kano, in: Sociologus, vol. 63, iss. 1–2, 81-102, [online]


On Being a Professional Police Officer in Kano

Hills, Alice

Sociologus, Vol. 63 (2013), Iss. 1–2 : pp. 81–102

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Alice Hills, School of Government and International Studies, Durham University, Al-Qasimi Building, Elvet Hill Road, Durham DH1 3TU, UK.


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The professional identity of African police officers is clearest in cities where multiple norms, processes and actors affect the delivery of policing. To understand what this means in Kano, the biggest city in Nigeria's Islamic north, this article is organised around the response of senior police officers to alternative policing providers such as traditional authorities, vigilantes and Islamic guards. Despite its inadequacies, the Nigeria Police retains a primary role in policing Kano and its officers pride themselves on a professionalism that is articulated in terms of international policing, albeit moderated to accommodate Nigerian realities. Officers prize effective operations, technical skills, political acumen and pragmatism, and define themselves accordingly.