Document Type

Book Chapter


This paper examines some dimensions of this theme and proposes some key elements for a framework by which theory and practice in this area can be advanced. The focus of the paper includes the forms of international intervention and assistance in the field of police reform in addition to some of the country-specific challenges to have arisen in the context of reforming the police as part of wider peace-building and reconstruction efforts. I shall argue that in addition to a timely need to respond to the relative neglect of policing by the international community, we face the risk of de-centering responsibility for the improvement of personal security away from the state, instead turning to non-government organizations (NGOs) and civil society for solutions. The state, I shall argue, must and inevitably will, continue to play the key role in ensuring the personal safety of persons.