Africa Security Brief No. 7

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Nonstate Policing: Expanding the Scope for Tackling Africa’s Urban Violence

By Bruce Baker

September 30, 2010

The increasingly internal nature of Africa’s security threats is placing ever greater pressures on Africa’s police forces. Yet severe resource and capacity limitations, combined with high levels of public distrust, leave most African police forces incapable of effectively addressing these expanding urban-based threats in the near term. This Africa Security Brief examines the potential of nonstate policing organizations—community-based groups with local credibility and knowledge—to help fill this gap.

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Publication Type: Africa Security Briefs