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: Portfolio Committee questions SAPS’ statements of support for Phiyega

August 27, 2015

The Portfolio Committee on Police summoned the Head of Communications for the South African Police Service (SAPS) to answer for...

South Africa: Video of a police officer choking a man gets 100,000+ views on YouTube

August 26, 2015

A video displaying a man being choked by a Douglasdale police officer emerged on YouTube last week and received more...

South Africa: Police officers found guilty of murder

August 25, 2015

Eight members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) have been found guilty of murdering Mido Macia, a Mozambican national,...

Burundi: Security forces reported to have tortured prisoners

August 24, 2015

Amnesty International (AI) released a report detailing incidents of torture by Burundi security forces against imputed opponents of President Nkurunzizato....



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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