Category Archives: Africa

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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Evidence-based policing in South Africa

This article describes some examples of evidence-based policing in South Africa and cites the establishment of a National Research Division within SAPS as an indication of growing emphasis on data and analysis to guide police policies and strategies. Also being … Continue reading

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Strengthening AfriPol

This column takes note of the appointment of Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police as a vice-chair of AfriPol following the organization’s first general assembly in May. Inasmuch as the new regional institution awaits formal recognition from the African Union, a … Continue reading

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Choosing SAPS and Hawks leaders

Two leading NGOs in South Africa have launched a campaign to pressure the government for more transparency and higher standards when filling current vacancies to head the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (Hawks). … Continue reading

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Police executive development in Africa

This article reports completion of the 5th Police Senior Command and Staff Course, a 1-year program hosted by the Rwanda National Police College, with 26 graduates representing 10 countries. According to the college’s commandant, “The ultimate goal is to prepare … Continue reading

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Predicting terrorism

This blog post by terrorism expert Brian Jenkins discusses the difficult challenge of predicting attacks. He notes that, outside of conflict zones, terror incidents remain infrequent — in 2015, “74 percent of all fatalities occurred in five countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, … Continue reading

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