In this discussion Baker focuses on three aspects of state policing in Africa: resources; conduct and organisational structure. He discusses how the fragmentation of state policing services and the multiplicity of agencies have severely limited the effectiveness of most African state police services because of the resulting duplicity of work, rivalry and difficulties in terms of information sharing. He also looks at the insufficient numbers of policemen and lack of equipment and the persistent presence of outdated organisational cultures that, despite training efforts, still have a serious influence on the affectivity of the state police as a whole.

Bruce Baker: Professor of African Security and Director of the African Studies Centre at Coventry University, UK

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