Policing in Diplomacy: The Opportunities to Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa University


Policing is traditionally viewed as functions of crime prevention, investigation and apprehension of offenders within a territorial jurisdiction of a country. However, this traditional view of policing has been eventually changed. The need for global policing today is increasing due to the growing international security threats and risks of transnational organised crimes such as terrorism and violent extremism and the increasing need for police roles in the international peace operations and peacebuilding. The effect of globalisation promotes the transformation of crimes beyond borders in all parts of the world, and the improved communications and information technologies have moved crime further away from its domestic base. Thus, the purpose of this study is to explore the relevance and benefits of police diplomacy towards realisation of Ethiopia’s foreign policy and national security strategy. This study is a qualitative nature with interpretive and critical strategies and multi-case design. It is basically constructed on data of primary sources, as there was no previous study on the specific topic of police diplomacy. Interview, document review and physical observation were employed to collect data. The study proves that today’s international system requires police diplomacy to effectively respond the changing world and tackle the international security challenges. Key benefits of police diplomacy to Ethiopia are identified. It greatly contributes in realizing the country’s national interest, fosters capability of implementing the country’s commitments to international agreements, enhances capability of the country’s commitment to international peace, and builds national image. The study in this regard proves that although there are huge benefits of police diplomacy to Ethiopia, the country has not carefully utilized the advantages towards effectively implementing the foreign policy and national security strategy of the country. Finally, the study concludes with key points that call for a shift in approach to see policing beyound the border of the country as the local perspective of policing cannot work in today’s world, emphases the need for revising the existing foreign policy and national security strategy document, and prospect for Police Liaison Officers in the country’s permanent diplomatic missions



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