Workshop on Measuring Community Policing in Ethiopia

Recent Workshop in Ethiopia

The Program in Criminal Justice (PCJ) hosted a Workshop on Measuring Community Policing in May, 2013 in Addis Ababa at the invitation of the Ethiopian Federal Police. The workshop was designed to bring together researchers from police commissions around Ethiopia to discuss the purposes of community policing and to strengthen their existing efforts to incorporate measures of community perceptions and experiences into the management and measurement of policing activities.

Who was there?

Participants included:Researchers and senior managers from the Ethiopian Federal Police (EFP) Research Institute and the Ethiopian Police University College, as well as research representatives from each of the EFP Crime Prevention unit, EFP Crime Investigation unit, Addis Ababa Police Commission, Tigray Police Commission, Oromia Police Commission, Amhara Police Commission, and SNNPR Police Commission. Presenters included:PCJ fellows Mila Cerecina and Andres Rengifo, and PCJ research assistant, Zinzi Bailey.

The event was inaugurated by Hassan Shiffa, the Ethiopian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner and President of the Ethiopian Police University College, by Teshome Dida, the Director of the EFP Research Institute, and by Ayele Mulugeta, the Vice President of the Ethiopian Police University College.

What was the conversation?

In the first part of the workshop, participants and presenters considered the multiple purposes and activities that might constitute ‘community policing’, by sharing examples from Ethiopia’s regions and from abroad. Participants explored how the measurement of outcomes, using administrative, survey, and other data, could be designed to test the purposes and theories of particular community policing initiatives. At the conclusion of the first day, participants designed their own measurement framework for an outcome of community policing of their choice. The debate sparked by this session highlighted that the choice of good outcomes and good measurement is contested and provides fertile ground for innovation and testing of multiple propositions about how change happens.

The second part of the workshop focused on the skills participants wanted to develop in order to better design, collect, interpret, and use survey data as part of the measures by which the success of policing is judged. Participants noticed the new habits and skills that would need to be exercised in management meetings in order for survey data of community perceptions to be analyzed alongside operational data.

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Group work on Day 1 of the Workshop on Measuring Community Policing in Ethiopia

Group work on Day 1 of the Workshop on Measuring Community Policing in Ethiopia

Photo: Mila Cerecina, PCJ Program Fellow