"The workshop brought together the statutory police, civilian oversight institutions and civil society to consider police oversight in the region with a view to charting a way forward and recommending ways to share knowledge and expertise that will build capacity and promote effective policing oversight in the region. In their opening address, the speakers acknowledged the concern for public safety in many southern African countries and especially in the cities, and stated that solutions required holistic strategies, but warned that without effective and accountable policing the situation was likely to deteriorate. Building police accountability is no easy task. Just as policing itself is multi- faceted and challenging, so is policing accountability. Creating more and stronger policing oversight will need sustained expert support."