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International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Research


Constraints of E-Policing Adoption: A Case of Dodoma, Tanzania

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Author(s) Lazaro S.P. Busagala, Lilian Jacob Ringo
On Pages 42-48
Volume No. 3
Issue No. 1
Issue Date January, 2013
Publishing Date January, 2013
Keywords E-Policing adoption; Information and Communication Technology; ICT; Constraints; Challenges; Community Policing; Tanzania


Abstract


We describe a study on constraints of electronic policing (e-policing) adoption in Tanzania. E-policing refers to use electronic means for policing activities. In other words it involves the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in policing activities. The goal is to improve law enforcement and increase community safety. Data was collected using questionnaires, interviews, focused group discussion and document analysis. The study revealed several issues: e-policing adoption is at rudimentary level in Tanzania. ICT is regarded as an agent of confidential information disclosure in policing activities. A number of constraints still exist. These include inadequate computer skills among police officers; insufficient funds to facilitate various activities including training; inappropriate selection of police staff for training on ICT use; inadequate training programs; low Internet penetration and reliability; and less developed ICT infrastructure. The study recommends, among other things, introduction of an information system for e-policing whereby a citizen can report crime incidents by sending a short text message and a notification to the officer responsible is sent for action.

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