Key findings include:
Community policing in Timor-Leste has developed from a combination of donor advocacy, existing customary practices and support within the PNTL.
It has been a long-term evolution that has only recently taken formal shape.
Community policing has been influenced by colonial experiences of policing, personalised politics, strong donor presence and widespread reliance on customary dispute resolution.
While community policing has only recently been formalised, early results indicate some improvement in community perceptions of police.