Building Partnerships Towards a Democratic Police Force in the Post-Revolutionary Tunisia Context


  • Lea Lavut


Tunisia, Community Policing, Security Sector Reform, Deradicalization


This research analyzes security sector reform in Tunisia, and focuses on Tunisia’s Community Policing (CP) program in particular.  CP is identified as an effective form of policing in the context of Tunisia’s political transition and continuing security concerns.  This work pinpoints a number of gaps in the existing pilot CP program and areas for improvement, and proposes additional ways to address separate but interrelated problems by means of new policing methods, based on comparative research into methods used in the United States and Germany.  It proposes to expand the existing private-public partnerships, which are at the heart of CP, and it identifies some areas of cooperation between the police and society that can be generalized across nations.  Finally, the argument is put forth that police reform is a multi-pronged, multi-sectoral effort, relying on the efforts of many actors other than the police

Author Biography

Lea Lavut

Lea Lavut, is a graduate of New York University Center for Global Affairs. New York. (


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