Police and Crime Prevention in Africa

A brief appraisal of structures, policies and practices

This present study examines the situation in a dozen countries from the different regions of sub-Saharan Africa and : 1. describes the main characteristics of the general organization of the police in the country at the different territorial levels ; 2. describes the objectives and missions assigned to the different police organizations in the country, emphasizing those with links to the crime prevention ; 3. specifies the relations and interactions between the inhabitants and the municipal police and their respective role in the determination and implementation of the prevention actions ; 4. outlines the contemporary problems faced by the police services and what they are likely to face in future ; 5. identifies and specify the stakes related to the actions of these different services in prevention.

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