Reconciling Police Reform and Local Security Provision in Postconflict Sierra Leone



This chapter considers reform of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) following the end of the civil war in 2002—the aspects of the political and police force environment that helped engender change, as well as constraints faced. It considers how the officers actually carried out the task at hand, with particular reference to their interactions with local and traditional (or ‘native’) governance structures, which both pre-date and stemmed from the conflict. It also examines this process from a community perspective; considers the limitations of the formal reform process; and discusses the need to rebuild governance and human security structures from the village up, in order to consolidate the reconstruction of state institutions such as the police.


Police Force Female Genital Mutilation Reform Process Inspector General Security Sector 
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