The year 2011 marks ten years of the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO) Code of Conduct, which lays down the Southern African police forces` own standard of policing to which they aspire. The African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF), in partnership with the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and with funding support from the United Kingdom Department for International Development, hosted a workshop to discuss the application of the Code of Conduct and explore means to deepen its implementation.
Specifically, the objectives for the workshop were to:
- Promote awareness of the Code of Conduct
- Disseminate and discuss tools for monitoring the Code
- Discuss strategies to monitor compliance with the Code and encourage its implementation
- Identify lessons learnt in the development and application of the Code of Conduct that are relevant to the development of a Southern African Development Community (SADC) code of conduct
- Encourage networking and collaboration among stakeholders in the region
Representatives from all SARPCCO countries were invited, but unfortunately there were no attendees from Botswana, Swaziland, Angola or Mauritius.