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Corrupt, brutal and unprofessional? Africa-wide survey of police finds diverging patterns

Corrupt, brutal and unprofessional? Africa-wide survey of police finds diverging patterns

AFRICANS generally have a low regard for the quality of policing on the continent. Perceptions of police misconduct, corruption and brutality are widespread, according to a new survey by Afrobarometer. The independent research network surveyed 39 countries between 2021 and 2023. Our survey offers new evidence of how Africans experience and assess their police. It shows people often have to contend with demands for bribes from police officers. But assessments varied by country: in some, police were said to be helpful. Afrobarometer currently surveys 39 of Africa’s 55 countries. As researchers at Afrobarometer, we have published on police professionalism and…
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