“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

Social Media: A tool for COP in Post-Conflict Settings?

Information and communication technologies have changed the way we communicate over the past decade. Social media plays an important role for the provision of security – for police agencies as much as for citizens. The same is true for post-conflict societies, writes Dr Robin Hofmann in this ICT4COP Policy Brief. Community-oriented policing in post-conflict settings can benefit from these developments. But new technologies are no … Continue reading Social Media: A tool for COP in Post-Conflict Settings?