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 … Continue reading One Size Fits All? Adjusting policing to local circumstances

There is nothing here: Growing up in post-conflict Kosovo

Insecurities for Kosovar youth are plenty, driving them to leave their homes as they feel like “there is nothing here”. Based on focus groups conducted in the summer of 2018, this policy brief by Fabienne Coenders, Ruhr-University Bochum, identifies key insecurities for Kosovar youth and addresses their attitudes towards the Kosovo police. Click here to read and download the policy brief. Continue reading There is nothing here: Growing up in post-conflict Kosovo

Downloading Trust: Can information and communication technology (ICT) help police and communities better address gender-based violence?

In recent years, mobile applications for both the police and victims have been developed in several countries to address gender-based violence (GBV). Most have fallen under four categories: emergency assistance, reporting, mapping of incidents, and educational. At the same time, police reforms are beginning to address GBV in various ways, such as through the establishment of gender response units and the recruitment of women in … Continue reading Downloading Trust: Can information and communication technology (ICT) help police and communities better address gender-based violence?

“Work With the Community, Not Your Weapons.”

The importance of involving local communities in national strategies to prevent and counter violent extremism is often under-estimated. However, effective involvement of the local population requires a certain level of trust in the state and the police. Based on interviews with community organizations in Nairobi and Mombasa in January and February 2016, this ICT4COP policy brief by Ingvild Magnæs Gjelsvik of the Norwegian Institute of … Continue reading “Work With the Community, Not Your Weapons.”

Pride of Place: Building Kenyan Policing From the Bottom Up

Most Kenyan’s distrust or fear police officers, yet examples of meaningful community policing can be found. Based on instances of good practice collected from three police stations in Nairobi, Kenya in August 2016, this ICT4COP policy brief by Prof. Alice Hills of Durham University identifies three key observations that may apply to police-community engagement elsewhere in Eastern Africa. Prof. Hills finds that good policing practice … Continue reading Pride of Place: Building Kenyan Policing From the Bottom Up