The African Policing and Civilian Oversight Forum is a network of African policing practitioners from state and non-state institutions. We promote democratic policing through strengthening civilian oversight over the police in Africa. APCOF undertakes research, provides technical support to state and non-state actors including civil society organisations, the police and new and emerging oversight bodies in Africa.

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South Africa: ISS Warns the Police on the new Act

21 January 2014

A new Dangerous Weapons Act has been passed in South Africa in January 2014, the act states that...

South Africa: Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry to continue

20 January

The South African Police Service (SAPS) will once again come under fire when the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry begins...

South Africa: Minister Nathi Mthethwa is urged to suspend Marikana cops

19 January 2014

The South Africa opposition political party the Democratic Alliance (DA) has urged the Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa...

Zimbabwe: Corrupt Police Officials Transferred

17 January 2014

The Zimbabwe state newspaper reported in January that 33 traffic police who allegedly corrupt have been transferred to...



28 Mar

Joint Press Statement: Killing and Torture by Police Officers

Ndifuna Ukwazi with the support of APCOF, CPRI, Egon. A Oswald Attorneys at Law, Equal Education, Free Gender, Gun Free SA, Human Rights Institute of South Africa, Just Detention Phoenix Zululand Restorative Justice Programme, R2K, SJC, Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture and TAC, have released a joing statement on the brutal killing and torture by police officers. To read the statement please follow the link http://www.apcof.org/files/6496_NU_Press%20Statement_27%20March_2014.pdf 


27 Mar

Research and Advocacy on Criminal Justice Reforms - Open Society Initiative

London, UK

12 March 2014

On 12 March 2014, APCOF attended a meeting to plan a potential joint advocacy strategy on pre-trial detention with stakeholders working in the African, South American and European contexts, and representatives from the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT).  APCOF highlighted the key challenges and opportunities for reform of the pre-trial detention environment in Africa, drawing on its work to support the African Commission’s Special Rapportuer on Prisons and Conditions of Detention to develop Guidelines on Pre-Trial Detention.  The strategy will target the next Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, due to take place in Doha in April 2015, and in support of a pre-trial justice agenda for the post-2015 MDGs.


27 Mar

Meeting with the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) on a Preventive Approach to Pre - Trial Detention

London, UK

11 March 2014

On 11 March 2014, APCOF attended a meeting convened by the Open Society Justice Initiative and the Human Rights Implementation Centre of the University of Bristol about a project involving the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture to develop a preventive approach to pre-trial detention.  Representatives from civil society in Africa, South America and Europe engaged with SPT members on the possible ways in which a preventive approach to pre-trial detention could be framed, drawing on the experience of various stakeholders in different continental settings