December 31, 2008
Many African police forces operate amid low-levels of oversight and accountability, leading to draconian tactics and brutality, whether during the dispersal of lawful protests or even when handling minor crimes. In many countries, armed vigilante groups have resulted, with many citizens seeking unlawful means of policing and justice. This comparative assessment of policing across Africa details the generally insufficient patchwork of auditors, police service commissions, national human rights bodies, and other means of police oversight that need to be strengthened to build more effective police forces.
Security Topics: Police Sector Reform