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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    APCOF is also a founding and managing partner in the Consortium on Crime and Violence Prevention (CCVP) a collaboration between the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention (CJCP) and APCOF, which works in South Africa and across the continent on projects in the crime prevention sector.


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30 Jun

Dialogue on the White Paper on Policing and the Firearms Control Amendment Bill

GFSA and APCOF would like to invite you to a briefing, to share perspective and engage in a dialogue on enhancing engagement in upcoming policy developments including the White Paper on Policing and the Firearms Control Amendment Bill, with a particular emphasis on how these processes can strengthen gun violence prevention efforts. 

The briefing will focus on:

- exploring key areas that should be addressed in these policy and legislative developments that can contribute to reducing gun violence in our society

- analysing the key themes across the Firearms Control Amendment Bill, and how the proposed amendments contribute (or not) to effective gun control

- ensuring that there is much greater participation by civil society organisation in the next round of consultatiob on the Firearms Control Amendment Bill, allowing for more diversity and different voices in support of strengthening South Africa's national gun law

- discussing strategies to mobilise community voices, in particular the voices, in particular the voices of those most affected by gun violence. 

DATE: Tuesday 21 July 2015

TIME: 2pm tp 5pm

WHERE: Central Methodist  Mission

Methodist Hall

Burg Street/ Church Street arcade

Cape Town 

We would value your input and hope that you or a representatives from your organisation will be able to attend. Please RSVP to Adele Kirsten at GFSA by close of business on Tuesday 7th July.


05 May

56th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

APCOF was  pleased to be part of the official launch of the Guidelines on Conditions of Arrest, Police Custody and Pre Trial Detention (the Luanda Guidelines), held during the 56th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights in Banjul, The Gambia in April 2015.  

For more information please follow the link:


APCOF's response to the report of the Special Rapporteur on Prisons and Conditions of Detention, Hon. Commissioner Med S.K. Kaggwa. 

For the response please follow the link:  http://www.apcof.org/files/5850_Statement56th_Ordinary_SessionKaggwa.pdf

APCOF's response to the report of the Chairperson of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa, Commissioner Mute. 

For the response please follow the link: