Botswana Police Service ranks number 1 in Africa… again

The Botswana Police Service has been ranked the best police service on the African continent, according to the World Internal Security and Police Index report. The recently released WISPI report was proposed by founder, Mamdooh Abdelmottlep and designed by experts across the world. Rwanda and Algeria were ranked second and third out of 14 countries. Ghana came in eighth, while South Africa, Morocco, and Mali are number 9, 10, and 11 respectively.

Meanwhile, members of the public expressed confidence in the police service saying they are doing sterling work in tackling violent and intrusive crime. Last year, the Botswana Police Service was again ranked number 1 in Africa and 47 out of 127 countries in the World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI), released by the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP).

The aim of the WISPI, which was commissioned by the International Police Science Association is to;

  • Measure security provider performance across the four domains of internal security: capacity, process, legitimacy and outcomes.
  • See how these domains relate to each other
  • 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.

Thus the Index aims to measure the ability of the security apparatus within a country to respond to internal security challenges, both now and in the future. For the purposes of the Index, a security apparatus predominantly refers to the police, although a number of indicators also touch on the ability of the military, the judicial system and the private sector to address internal security issues. WISPI consists of 16 indicators across four different domains: capacity, effectiveness, legitimacy, and outcomes.

WISPI is a companion of the IEPs Positive Peace Report and Index, in which it Botswana was last year noted to be one of only two countries in the world to have graduated to a high peace ranking over the past decade. Botswana was ranked 43 out of 163 countries in the IEPs 2017 Positive Peace Index and 27 out of 163 countries in its 2017 Global Peace Index. 

Reference: YaRona FM, ipsa-police.org

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