Local Militia Provide Security Services in Somalia

One Size Fits All? Adjusting policing to local circumstances

General operational procedures and ideas about structures and strategies are often a vital part of police reform and community policing. Yet, in many cases, neglect of local conditions has led to failures. In this ICT4COP policy brief, Prof. Stig Jarle Hansen of Norwegian University of Life Sciences presents four scenarios, based on our research, in order to prepare new members of the police forces, and international police reformers for the fact that relationships between police forces and their surroundings vary, and for the practical implication of this.

Click here to read and download the policy brief.

Photo: A young woman holds the Somali flag during a demonstration by a local militia, formed to provide security in Marka, Somalia. Credit: UN Photo/Tobin Jones (via flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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