Category Archives: Africa

Book review: Police in Africa

This link is a “capsule review” of a new book, Police in Africa: The Street Level View. It notes the ongoing effects of colonialism, surprisingly strong norms of professionalism, and daunting challenges facing operational police. Bribery and corruption remain common, … Continue reading

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No fingerprints in Nigeria

This column offers reflections of a Nigerian former prosecutor who says the last case in which police used fingerprints in court was 1964. He laments “the dearth of experts in the force, noting that it wasn’t always this bad with … Continue reading

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Ranking world police

News outlets in Africa recently picked up the 2016 “World Internal Security & Police Index” (WISPI) that ranked Botswana best on the continent and Nigeria worst. On the defensive, Nigerian authorities have criticized the index “as unempirical and absolute falsehood, … Continue reading

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Black Mamba anti-poaching unit

This article from National Geographic profiles the all-female Black Mamba anti-poaching unit in South Africa. The unarmed women patrol a protected area on the edge of Kruger National Park and are crediting with a substantial reduction in wildlife snaring and … Continue reading

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Swaziland upgrading police education

This article reports Swaziland transitioning from a training-only police college to a degree-granting police academy. In addition to offering “advanced and specialised police studies at the level of diplomas and degrees,” the academy “will also serve as a centre of … Continue reading

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Swaziland considers police university

This article reports that the prime minister and senators in Swaziland are considering upgrading their existing police college to university status. Accreditation standards will need to be met but the college’s offerings are thought to be close to required levels … Continue reading

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Strategic capacity building in Guyana

This article reports UK assistance to Guyana aimed at capacity building in the police strategic planning unit. The effort follows a recent review and envisions a “strategic rethink” based on “understanding of the threats which face this country and which … Continue reading

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