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.


Policing News

Burundi: Police shot at protesters

13 May 2015 

On 12 May 2015, during a protest kin Bujumbura against President Nkurunziza's third term bid, the police allegedlt...

South Africa: IPID suspended Executive Director will face disciplinary hearing

12 May 2015 

On 12 May 2015 when briefing the Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Policing, the South African Minister of Policem...

Uganda: Police officers to be arrested for deserting their duties

12 May 2015 

According to a statement issued by the Deputy police spokesperson Polly Namaye, over 37 police officers will be...

Kenya: Police jobs null and void

09 May 2015 

On 08 May 2015 the Kenya Court of Appeal upheld a previous decision of the High Court to...



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.  

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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. 

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24 Apr

APCOF Statement to 56th Session of the African Commission

APCOF calls on the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to request a comprehensive update from the South African Government about steps it is taking to ensure the rights to life and equality for non-nationals living in South Africa. APCOF further calls on the South African Government to invite the Commission to visit South Africa on a fact-finding mission. see 7197_APCOFStatement 56thACHPR.pdf


16 Apr

Advanced Human Rights Course

From the 13 - 17 July 2015, the University of Pretoria in parternship with APCOF will run an intensive Advanced Human Rights Course on Police Oversight and Accountability, in Pretoria, South Africa. The aim of the course is to profile police accountability and oversight as a human rights and governance concern. Applications are open until 1 June 2015 and a limited number od scholarships are available. For more information on the course please follow the link: