Emerging Perspectives on Post-Conflict Police-Community Relations II

In this editorial, Ingrid Nyborg and Daniel Lohmann introduce a special issue of The Journal of Human Security which is dedicated to exploring community-oriented policing (COP) and police reform in a series of post-conflict contexts: Kosovo, Guatemala, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Kenya. The papers in this special issue explore how police reform in volatile contexts has taken place, and whether a focus on COP approaches rather than … Continue reading Emerging Perspectives on Post-Conflict Police-Community Relations II

The Gendered Nature of Security in El Salvador: Challenges for Community-Oriented Policing

By Erika Julieta Rojas Ospina With the purge of the Military Forces and the creation of a new National Civilian Police (PNC) as mandated by the 1992 Peace Accords, El Salvador set the stage for the construction of a less state-oriented security approach. However, a failure to question issues of security and a lack of consideration of gender in the Peace negotiations and the Security … Continue reading The Gendered Nature of Security in El Salvador: Challenges for Community-Oriented Policing

From Guns to Roses: Understanding Community-Oriented Policing in Afghanistan

By Ingrid Nyborg, Jaishankar Ganapathy and Ajmal Nimruzi. In Afghanistan, police reform is an important focus of international efforts. After over a decade of assistance, however, there are still daunting challenges of public trust and police effectiveness. From a civilian perspective, the role of the police is a crucial one—and very different from that of the military. Communities, being at the very heart of security … Continue reading From Guns to Roses: Understanding Community-Oriented Policing in Afghanistan

Community-Oriented Policing: Political, Institutional and Technical Reforms in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Police

By Nawab Bahadar, Shakir Ullah, Ingrid Nyborg and Tahir Maqsood. Community-police relations in Pakistan are often intricate, as are their reforms. Mistrust, political intervention, meager financial resources, lack of educated/trained human resources, over-expectations and miscommunication are some of the factors contributing to weak policing and poor community-police relations. The police as a service-oriented public institution has been a demand of the public and the dream … Continue reading Community-Oriented Policing: Political, Institutional and Technical Reforms in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Police

Role of ICT in Community-Oriented Policing in South Asia: Challenges and Opportunities

By Tahir Maqsood, Sajjad A. Madani, Nawab Bahadar and Ingrid Nyborg. Community-oriented policing (COP) as a model has found widespread acceptance throughout the world both in developed and developing countries. Similarly, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have been embraced by many developed countries to augment COP initiatives. However, very little is known about the application of ICTs in COP in developing countries, particularly South Asia. … Continue reading Role of ICT in Community-Oriented Policing in South Asia: Challenges and Opportunities