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Securing communities

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.


Pilar Domingo, Vikki Chambers

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