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: Police officials arrested for rape

02 April 2014

Two suspects, one a police official, have been arrested for an alleged rape in Volsoorus, Gauteng. Moses Dlamini,...

Kenya: Court blocks graduation of Police recruits

02 April 2014 

Judge David Marete suspended the graduation of police recruits which was suppose tp take place on the 4th...

Ghana: Regional Police Commander told the public to stop bribing the police

07 April 2014 

The Brong – Ahafo Regional Police Commander has warned the members of the police that their era of...

Kenya: Police Officials accused of harassment and attempted rape

07 April 2014

The community of Eastleigh, a suburb in Nairobi, have complained of police harassment during an operation to identify...



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.


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.