Securing communities

July 2013
Status: 
Active
Leaders: 
Team: 
Pilar Domingo, Vikki Chambers
Donors hoped 'community policing' initiatives would reduce crime, improve police accountability and strengthen state-citizen relations. But according to a series of case studies - from bicycle patrols in Sri Lanka to family police in Ethiopia - programmes have not lived up to these ambitions.
Overview

Community policing has gained popularity amongst donors, governments, police departments and communities as a mechanism for achieving a diverse range of goals – from crime reduction, to police accountability, to improved state-society relations. Yet while community policing initiatives are widespread across the globe, they manifest very differently from country to country, and there is little consensus on what community policing means, looks like, or aims to achieve.

The Securing Communities project at ODI aimed to map the diversity of community policing practices in a variety of country contexts to understand its various forms and what factors shape them, with case studies in Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Jamaica and Timor Leste. 

Funded by DFID and the Asia Foundation, the project aims to assist policy makers, researchers and practitioners in understanding the varied nature of community policing and the implications for their work.

Politics and Governance
Department for International Development (DFID)
The Asia Foundation - http://asiafoundation.org/
Outputs

Securing communities: redefining community policing to achieve results

Research reports and studies | April 2015 | Lisa Denney
This synthesis paper draws together findings from ODI’s ‘Securing communities’ project, which attempted to map the diversity of practices that fall under the remit of community policing, examine how community policing is shaped in different contexts and probe the...
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Securing communities: summaries of key literature on community policing

Bibliography and literature reviews | November 2013 | Sarah Jenkins
This document contains extended summaries of key background texts and readings from both academic and policy literatures which elucidate and debate the definitions, objectives, models and influencing factors of community policing in different contexts. There is an...
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Securing communities: photos from Ethiopia

Articles and blogs | 1 November 2013 | Lisa Denney
These photos depict community policing practices in Ethiopia’s Amhara National Regional State, which were the subject of the case study, Securing communities for development: community policing in Ethiopia's National Regional State.
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Securing communities: the what and the how of community policing

Research reports and studies | July 2013 | Lisa Denney and Sarah Jenkins
Community policing has gained popularity amongst donors, governments, police departments and communities as a mechanism for achieving a diverse range of goals – from crime reduction to improved state-society relations. Yet while community policing initiatives are...
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