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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Policing News

Kenya: Police listing lacked firm regulations

8 August 2014 

The Vice Chair of the Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission (EACC) Irene Keino reported to the Committee...

Nigeria: NHRC to train police on Human Rights

7 August 2014 

The Nigerian National Human Rights Commission will start training police on human rights issues from September 2014.. Executive...

South Africa: Police Brutality Investigated

7 August 2014 

The Ekurhuleni Metro Police are investigating a video of a police official assaulting and arresting a citizen....

Kenya: Police Stations poorly equipped

9 July 2014 

 A report released by Usalama revealed that most police stations in Kenya are not fully...



16 Oct

Spike in Claims of Police Torture is Worrying - Louise Edwards

Louise Edwards's opinion piece on torture in South Africa, published by Business Day on 15 October 2014. Please follow the link for the article. 



13 Aug

UHRC Launches Pre Trial Detention Guidelines

The Ugandan Human Rights Commission launched the Pre Trial Detention Guidelines, to red more please follow the link



17 Apr

Building capacity in the civilian oversight of African policing: Tanzania

From  31 March to 3 April 2014, APCOF, in partnership with the South African Human Rights Commission and with funding from the German International Cooperation (GIZ) Trilateral Cooperation Fund, held an investigation skills training with over 30 staff from the Commision for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRAGG) in Arusha, Tanzania.  The training was the second of six planned for east and west Africa to build capacity in the civilian oversight of police for authorities with a statutory mandate to receive complaints and investigate allegations against the police.  The training was attended by management and staff of CHRAGG.  Who received training on topics including fundamentals of oversight and investigations, investigation skills, questioning, taking statements, writing reports, preparing evidence in court, and the ethical and political dimensions of investigations.  The next scheduled training will take place in Nigeria in May 2014 with investigators from the Police Service Commission.