The Ethiopian Federal Police

The Ethiopian Federal Police (EFP) was created in 1995 to serve the public, respect and ensure the observation of human and democratic rights, and maintain the safety and welfare of the public. Its duties include:

  • Enforcement of laws and safeguarding constitutional guarantees;
  • Prevention, detection and investigation of crime;
  • Coordination of national state police commissions and development of national policing standards; and
  • High level training and operational support to regional police commissions.

The federal police operates under the Federal Police Commission headed by a Police Commissioner.

Oversight Mechanisms

The Ethiopian Human Rights Council monitors and reports on human rights abuses. A National Human Rights Commission and an Ombudsman was established in 2000. Over the past years the two bidies have been working together to address human rights violations including police abuse.

  1. Interpol Connecting Police for A Safer World. Country Profile: Ethiopia. Available at  – Ethiopia Police Service. < Accessed on 30 March 2016>.
  2. African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (2008) An Audit of Police Oversight in Africa: Ethiopia, p 28.
Country Category Date Title URL
Ethiopia News Story 2016 Police officers arrested in Marsabit for human trafficking Source
Ethiopia General 2015/2016 Amnesty International, Ethiopia Report 2015/2016 Source
Ethiopia Research Publication 2015 They want a confession: Torture and Ill treatment in Ethiopia’s Maekelawi Police Station Source (PDF)
Ethiopia News Story 2015 Policing Ethiopia – the Force vs. Service Dilemma Source