Police and Crime Prevention in Africa: A Brief Appraisal of Structures, Policies and Practices

By Elrena van der Spuy & Ricky Röntsch, International Center for the Prevention of Crime
October 31, 2008

Madagascar PoliceRising crime rates in Africa are often attributed to a lack of development and poverty, but the high crime rates in relatively rich South Africa upend the idea that development is a cure-all for crime. In fact, police-to-population ratios, urbanization rates, and the use of repressive or paramilitary tactics are generally better determinants of crime prevalence in southern and eastern Africa. Controlling crime in Africa requires committed efforts to professionalize police forces, community-police collaborations, and concerted engagement through regional policy communities.

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Security Topics: Police Sector Reform