Measuring capacity development and reform in the Royal Solomon Islands police force

Garth den Heyer*

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International police have been deployed on a number of peacekeeping missions, but providing capacity development and assisting in reform of local police in wartorn nations are only a relatively recent undertaking. The process of police reform is complicated because of the inherent difficulty in evaluating the impact of a development programme on police service delivery performance. This study reports on the results of a pilot survey of international police managers assessment of the level of competency of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force following the introduction of a capacity development programme 3 years earlier. The results indicate that although the local police had improved operationally, and in some cases to an international standard, the Force had lower capability in strategic administration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)298-315
Number of pages18
JournalPolicing and Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Capacity development
  • Police performance
  • Police reform
  • Post-conflict policing


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