Democratic Policing Ideologies and Practices: A Source for Afro-Optimism

Nancy A. Horton, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

The ideologies and practice of democracy offer many lessons, especially for the policing occupation. Such lessons can successfully be put into effect in Africa. The administrative and management practice of bureaucratization, decentralization of decision-making practices, lessons in multi-cultural acceptance, especially as it applies to community policing/problem solving ideologies are all worthy of serious consideration and application. This paper will explore the benefits of such practices.

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