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Mozambique police say northern village, site of reported beheadings, retaken from...

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Over 1 000 Mozambique troops on Thursday recaptured the northern village of Muidumbe from Islamist insurgents, police general commander Bernardino Rafael said, killing 16...

Police brutality activist says she was barred from leaving Nigeria

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Nigerian immigration officials blocked a prominent anti-police brutality activist from leaving the country and confiscated her passport, she told Reuters on Wednesday. There was no...

Ivory Coast police surround opposition leaders’ houses

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Police in Ivory Coast surrounded the houses of two of President Alassane Ouattara’s main rivals on Tuesday after the government accused them of sedition...

‘Perfect storm’: How Nigeria’s peaceful police protests turned violent

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Tears fill Ephraim Osinboyejo’s eyes as he recalls the idealism that drove thousands of Nigerians like him into the streets to campaign against police...

Nigeria police to stop using force on protesters

Nigeria police agreed to stop using force against protesters accusing them of brutality, the presidency said, a day after law enforcement officers shot at...

Nigeria’s police disbands controversial anti-robbery Squad after protests

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The head of Nigeria’s police dissolved its Special Anti-Robbery Squad with immediate effect on Sunday, a police statement said, prompted by days of protests...

ISS: Police abuses during lockdown reflect deep accountability problems

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Fundamental rights such as the right to life and dignity are protected in South Africa’s constitution as ‘entirely’ ‘non-derogable.’ This means they cannot, under...

Zambian police take delivery of dozens of new vehicles

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The Zambian Police Service has taken delivery of 50 new vehicles which government says will help improve force capacity to maintain law and order. The...

Protesters clash with police in Mali

Police used teargas to disperse campaigners for civilian rule before substantive talks over Mali’s political future began in Bamako on Thursday, indicating a deepening...

Tunisian police kill three suspected militants after fatal attack on officer

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Police in Tunisia chased and shot dead three suspected Islamist militants after they attacked two police officers, killing one of them, in the coastal...

SAPS retirees arrested in police procurement case

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Two retired Silverton police station employees were on Thursday each released on R50 000 for their alleged role in a R56 million police branding...

ISS: Marikana experts report points the way to better policing

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The Marikana massacre was a South African tragedy. It was also a policing disaster. But little has changed to improve policing in the country...

Ugandan presidential hopeful says police used bullets to disperse supporters

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Ugandan pop star and presidential hopeful, Bobi Wine, said some of his supporters were injured on Saturday after police fired teargas and live bullets...

Police commended for swift arrest of suspects in farm murder

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The Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has commended the swift action of the police, which led to the arrest of...

Kenya arrests two police after ‘shooting incident’, launches enquiry

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Kenya’s national police service has arrested two police officers and opened an investigation after “a shooting incident” in the eastern county of Garissa, the...

Acornhoek mission part of addressing all aspects of criminality – Joint...

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Operation Notlela, the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) deployment in support of the national state of disaster, does not confine soldiers to enforcing lockdown...

ISS Africa: Police and courts must do more to reduce gender-based...

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On average, 856 women and 321 children were murdered over 107 days in 2018/19, according to South African Police Service (SAPS) crime statistics. In response...

Additional funds for police

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Minister Bheki Cele’s police service received an additional R3,7 billion thanks to an adjusted budget allocation from National Treasury for the “the visible policing...

ISS: Domestic violence during COVID-19: are we asking the right questions?

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The number of domestic violence cases reported to the South African police between March and April dropped by 69.4%. This figure makes it tempting...

Police officer, two militants killed in Kenya, says security official

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A police reservist and two armed attackers were killed in a gunfight on Sunday in Kenya’s northeast Mandera county near the border with Somalia,...

Level 4 sees slight crime increase, stats remain low

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While crime in the country continued to remain low during the COVID-19 lockdown, reported cases began to increase after the country moved to level...

Further decontamination for Western Cape police stations

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With the Western Cape being the hardest hit province so far by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is reported that at least 19 police stations...

Burundi police detain more than 200 opposition election observers

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Burundian police detained more than 200 opposition electoral observers during this week’s election, the spokesman for the main opposition National Freedom Council (CNL) told...

DR Congo police crackdown on sect killed 55 in “bloodbath” –...

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Democratic Republic of Congo police killed at least 55 people in a crackdown on a separatist religious sect in April, more than double the...

ISS: For pandemics and policing, evidence matters in times of crisis

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South African police were fighting an epidemic long before the COVID-19 crisis began to ravage the world. Persistently high levels of crime and violence...

Police arrested for violations of lockdown regulations

Twelve police officers, including a reservist, were arrested for allegedly violating National Disaster Management Regulations and for corruption. “The arrest of our own is disheartening...

African police accused of excessive force during lockdowns

Days after Congo announced emergency restrictions to curb the new coronavirus, a police video circulating online showed an officer beating a taxi driver violating...

ISS: Old solutions won’t fix South Africa’s deteriorating police service

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President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation address (SONA) on 13 February suggests that he is badly informed about the state of policing in...

Half a million plus applications to join SAPS

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) received more than 530 000 applications from youth wanting to join the service. Police said in a statement the...

ISS: Why police should focus on street robberies

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While the media tends to focus on South Africa’s high-profile robberies such as cash-in-transit heists, mall robberies and house robberies, the far larger problem...

Botswana police order three Enstrom 480B helicopters

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The Botswana Police Air Support branch has ordered three new Enstrom 480B turbine helicopters from Safomar Aviation and these will join its fleet of...

SANDF assists SAPS with Operation Lockdown successes

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF), by providing an Oryx helicopter, has assisted the South African Police Service (SAPS) in its Operation Lockdown...

Police abuse rife in Kenya

Nearly half the Kenyans surveyed by government’s police watchdog said they suffered police abuse of power, according to a survey, underscoring the scale of...

More O Kae Molao arrests

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Operation O Kae Molao continues to secure victories in the fight against crime in Gauteng. This week’s operation saw Gauteng police arrest hundreds of suspects...

ISS: Better police use of data could cut South Africa’s crime

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Each year in September, the South African Police Service (SAPS) releases crime statistics for a 12-month period ending on 31 March, which means the...

Stun guns, new ROEs for Nigerian police

Nigerian police plan to acquire stun guns and revise rules of engagement in an effort to curb the use of deadly force, the inspector...

SAPS recruitment drive

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has embarked on a nationwide recruitment process to bolster crime fighting efforts. This year SAPS management seeks to attract...

Johannesburg CDB raid yields major successes

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On Wednesday 7 August, Gauteng law enforcement agencies descended on the Johannesburg Central Business District (CBD) in an intelligence-led operation focused on counterfeit goods...

Police, Shi’ite Muslims clash in Abuja

Nigerian police and Shi’ite Muslim protesters clashed in Abuja on Monday, with at least a demonstrator, journalist and a senior policeman killed, highlighting security...

Soldiers on Cape Town metropole streets as murder rate causes concern

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Police Minister Bheki Cele on Thursday said he had presidential approval for the deployment of soldiers in the Western Cape following a spate of...

ISS: Resolving South Africa’s brutal order

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Democratic societies become violent when their governments lose the monopoly on force, and trust between citizens and the state erodes. This is according to...

ISS: Are South Africa’s police ready to lead with the evidence?

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Does hiring more police reduce crime? Not necessarily. What about rapidly responding to calls for assistance? Nope. Random, visible patrol? I’m afraid not. Being...

Police apparently abused Nigerian prostitutes

Nigerian police are investigating allegations that officers sexually assaulted women arrested in nightclub raids during a crackdown on prostitution. There has been widespread public outrage...

Kenya police on trial for high profile killing

Four Kenyan policemen went on trial in Mombasa on Tuesday accused of killing a British aristocrat’s son in police custody in 2012, a high...

Police and protesters clash in Sudan

Stone-throwing Sudanese demonstrators battled security forces in Khartoum, witnesses said with a child and doctor reported killed at the start of a fifth week...

Police officer killed in bomb defusing attempt

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An Egyptian police officer was killed while attempting to defuse a bomb found near a church in an eastern Cairo suburb, state television reported,...

Kenya police aid colleagues in escape

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Kenyan police helped two colleagues arrested for suspected corruption escape custody by firing warning shots to scare off anti-graft officers holding them,...

SAPS urged to strengthen policing in rural areas

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) must focus on strengthening the leadership at rural police stations if it's Rural Safety Strategy is...

Police reservist numbers drop alarmingly

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Reservists in the SA Police Service (SAPS) dropped in number by a staggering 82% over an eight year period. This was revealed in...

Victims of Crime Survey show increase in crime

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The 2018 Victims of Crime Survey (VOCS) results released by Statistics South Africa indicate that aggregate crime levels in the period 2017/18...