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Jan Beek, Mirco Göpfert, Olly Owen, and Johnny Steinberg

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190676636

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190676636.001.0001

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Somewhere Between Green and Blue

Somewhere Between Green and Blue

A Special Police Unit in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Police in Africa

Laura Thurmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the ambivalent self-perception of the officers in a recently created special police unit in DR Congo. Even though the police reforms since 2009 have aimed at a demilitarized Congolese police, the organization and structure of this special unit, tasked with the fight against organizsed crime in Kinshasa, is remarkably similar to military forces. This chapter argues that these officers are ambivalent about whether they are soldiers or police personnel.

Keywords:   Police reforms, Africa, DR Congo, Demilitarization, Military, Post-conflict

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