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Botswana police ranked Africa’s best, Cameroon in the bottom 10, Nigeria at bottom of global report

Africa’s best police service is that of Botswana despite being ranked 47th best in the world. This is according to the World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI) released by two bodies, the International Police Science Association (IPSA) and the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).

The index ranked the Rwandan police as Africa’s second best (with global position of 50th) followed by Algeria (58th), Senegal (68th) and Tunisia (72nd) in that order. Completing the top 10 for Africa were, Egypt, Burkina Faso, Ghana, South Africa and Mali respectively.

“WISPI measures the ability of the police and other security providers to address internal security issues in 127 countries, across four domains, using sixteen indicators,” authors of the report stated. The four domains are, capacity, process, legitimacy and outcomes.

Despite the failure of Africa to break into the top forty, the continent was very prominent in the lower rankings. Six African countries were in the bottom 10. Cameroon and Mozambique in the 120th and 122nd spots.

Uganda, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Nigeria made it an African quartet at the bottom – occupying 124th to 127 slots respectively.

At the top of the global rankings, Europe dominated with eight countries. Except first place Singapore and Australia in sixth spot, all the other countries were in Europe – Finland, Denmark, Austria, Germany (2nd – 5th), Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland (7th – 10th).

About the World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI)

The aim of the WISPI is to, firstly, measure security provider performance across the four domains of internal security: capacity, process, legitimacy and outcomes.

Secondly, to see how these domains relate to each other and finally to track trends in these domains over time, and to inform the work of security providing agencies, researchers, and practitioners in the field of peace and conflict studies, criminology, and police studies.


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  3. Truth be told that a majority of those making the rankings have never visited any of this countries.How are you going to make any credible judgment about something you do not have first hand experience of?

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  5. Not sure about that rating the police in Cameroon do take action when you register a petty crime ,domestic arguements,stalking or worse with them, unlike alot of other european forces and even if they may be constrained by budget at least they dont ignore mounting situations and use commonsense rather than wait for orders from above .

  6. With many seminars, meetings, training sessions etc, our men in uniform
    can not still perform as required.
    Reason is that, they are addicts and have assumed undue rights just because
    they are wearing those uniforms and carry guns.
    To add insult to injury, one would start asking questions as to what purnishment,
    have the uniform men faced, since their wanton killings of Ambazonians.
    The simple reasons, are that tribalism and nepotism, are the order of the day.

  7. I think Cameroon’s Police should have been the last in global ranking.

  8. Original Black Bantu

    Big names: the World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI) , Renown Scientists, Egyptologists are in most cases nothing more than agents of disinformation with the prime objective to psychologically disarm those who are targeted in order to justify their next (criminal) move in the name of Help, fighting terrorism, democratization, etc. WORLD INTERNAL or GLOBAL LOCAL SECURITY? Since they are so advanced, they must be working now on the WORLD EXTERNAL SECURITY with aliens.

    One of the most important element in scientific research is the research design and methodology: the research approach, process, techniques etc. The Sample (size + quality), data collection, analysis, interpretation etc. Let them put these elements on the table then we can discuss the result.

  9. Original Black Bantu

    I am not a security expert but I know with certainty that local security depends highly on local reality. E.g. a security measure that works on a venda land after an insurrection may not work in the same way on a Zulu land after they have received instructions from their king.
    1- Yaounde where people swear by their pen, occultism and beer Vs Douala where people swear by their shops, beer and fornication
    2- Bamileke who swears by their tradition and Beti who are always waiting for the return of the president and his delegation to go and danse along the streets with the cpdm uniform.
    3- The Anglophone brother who is waiting for the (will never) return Ambazonia and a Wajo who is running behind the Lamido with a spear
    I am waiting for their research strategy and methods used.