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Title:The chiefs of community policing in rural Sierra Leone
Author:Albrecht, PeterISNI
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies (ISSN 0022-278X)
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
traditional rulers
State-society relationship
External link:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022278X15000774
Abstract:This paper argues that when police reform in Sierra Leone was instituted to consolidate a state system after the country's civil war ended in 2002, it reproduced a hybrid order instead that is embodied by Sierra Leone's primary local leaders: paramount and lesser chiefs. In this sense, policing has a distinctly political quality to it because those who enforce order also define what order is and determine access to resources. The hybrid authority of Sierra Leone's chiefs emanates from multiple state-based and localised sources simultaneously and comes into play as policing takes place and police reform moves forward. This argument is substantiated by an ethnographic exploration of how and with what implications community policing has been introduced in Peyima, a small town in Kono District, and focuses on one of its primary institutional expressions, Local Policing Partnership Boards.Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]