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

South Africa: 2014/2015 crime statistics raise questions about police competency

September 30, 2015

The recent release of the 2014/2015 crime statistics reveal that the number of murders, attempted murders, and aggravated assaults and...

South Africa: Police arrest innocent youth to boost statistics

September 28, 2015

Police officers at Themba police station in Pretoria have been accused of making illegal arrests to boost performance statistics. Last...

Kenya: Police ignore complaints from LGBT people

September 28, 2015

Rights groups in Kenya issued a statement earlier this week stating that attacks against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT)...

South Africa: Former Constable and girlfriend charged with murder

September 20, 2015

On 18 September, the former constable of Pinetown police station in Kwa-Zulu Natal and his girlfriend were charged with the...



01 Sep

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

On 21 August 2015 APCOF in partnership with Sonke Gender Justice and the Women's Legal Centre hosted a roundtable in Cape Town on: Addressing challenges in policing of sexual offences and domestic violence - areas for reform and redress. 

Workshop Report available at:  http://www.apcof.org/files/445_Workshop_Report.pdf

The role of the state in addressing sexual violence: Assessing policing service delivery challenges faced by victims of sexual offences by Joy Watson available at:  http://www.apcof.org/files/9762_APCOF_Brief13.pdf


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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