Recycling as bricolage in the Congolese National Police: Lessons from police training in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
This briefing examines a specific aspect of police reform, namely training, a central pillar of Security Sector Reform (SSR) and one which—despite its clear limits2—is often credited for its capacity to affect behavioural change amongst security actors. Considering that those who are being reformed are not mere willing subjects, but have their own experiences and interests, the briefing will shed light on the narratives of police officers undergoing training in the DRC by asking about their views, how these may impact training, and how best to take them into account in future reform programming. Everyday experiences of rank-and-file police in and after training can provide clues to donors willing to contribute to a more efficient police service.
This research brief was undertaken under the auspices of the Conflict Research Programme (CRP). Research for this brief was funded by the SSRC through the Conflict Research Programme’s Small Grants fund supported by UK aid from the UK government; however, the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies