Africa’s best police service is that of Botswana despite being ranked
47th best in the world. This is according to the World Internal
Security and Police Index (WISPI) released by two bodies, the
International Police Science Association (IPSA) and the Institute for
Economics and Peace (IEP).
The index ranked the Rwandan police as
Africa’s second best (with global position of 50th) followed by Algeria
(58th), Senegal (68th) and Tunisia (72nd) in that order. Completing the
top 10 for Africa were, Egypt, Burkina Faso, Ghana, South Africa and
“WISPI measures the ability of the police and
other security providers to address internal security issues in 127
countries, across four domains, using sixteen indicators,” authors of
the report stated. The four domains are, capacity, process, legitimacy
Despite the failure of Africa to break into the top
forty, the continent was very prominent in the lower rankings. Six
African countries were in the bottom 10. Cameroon and Mozambique in the
120th and 122nd spots.
Uganda, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of
Congo (DRC) and Nigeria made it an African quartet at the bottom –
occupying 124th to 127 slots respectively.
At the top of the
global rankings, Europe dominated with eight countries. Except first
place Singapore and Australia in sixth spot, all the other countries
were in Europe – Finland, Denmark, Austria, Germany (2nd – 5th),
Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland (7th – 10th).