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Policing Engendered Security Sector Reform By: Heather Murphy | SSR | Oct 28, 2014

Police reform is a primary component of any security sector reform (SSR) effort, especially since police are seen as the central institution for the protection and security of the population in most nations. Often, police are viewed negatively as agents of the state in times of conflict, frequently serving as enforcers or informants and thus creating a barrier of fear and mistrust between the citizen and the state. In post-conflict societies, it is essential to redefine the role of the police and rebuild the structure and citizen accountability mechanisms.

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