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

Nigeria: Inspector General apologises for police misconduct

04 August 2015 

Solomon Arase, the Inspector General of Police in Nigeria, has apologised to the public for police illegal activity....

South Africa: Detective appears in court for attempted robbery

04 August 

Two South African Police Service (SAPS) detectives and accomplices appeared in court on 04 August 2015 for attempted robbery...

South Africa: Acting crime intelligence director resigns

01 Auguust 2015 

Chris Ngcobo, Acting Head of Crime Intelligence has resigned after he was put on special leave since October...

Guinea: Police officials accused of rape and use of excessive force

30 July 2015 

On Thursday, 30 July 2015, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report accusing Guinea's security forces of using...



19 Aug

Addressing challenges in policing of sexual offences and domestic violence- areas for reform and redress roundtable

21 August 2015 

APCOF in partnership with Sonke Gender Justice and the Womens Legal Centre will host a roundtable in Cape Town on: Addressing challenges in policing of sexual offences and domestic violence- areas for reform and redress, 21 August 2015. For more information please contact Asanda Conjwa at asanda@apcof.org.za


14 Aug

APCOF statement on appearance of senior police management before the South Africa Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Police

12 August 2015 


African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF), welcomes the initiative by the Portfolio Committee on Police on 12 August 2015, to call police senior management including deputy national commissioners, provincial commissioners and the national spokesperson to account for statement made on 26th July 2015, following a Board of Commissioners Meeting. Members of the police in this statement supported the National Commissioner of Police, in direct contradiction of findings of Farlam Commission recommendations to the President for consideration of her fitness to hold office given her conduct during the Marikana Massacre and before the Commission itself.


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07 Aug

APCOF's presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Police

5 August 2015 

APCOF presents submission on White Paper on Policing to Portfolio Committee on Police, South African Parliament. APCOF highlighted need for implementation of the NDP proposals. 

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