This case explores the role of the Citizen-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) in Karachi, a private organisation run by the local business community which has been directly involved in providing intelligence services and support to the police since 1989. The CPLC is a highly unconventional arrangement which violates normal principles of separating public and private interests in a core area of public business. It has brought much needed technical expertise, social credibility and private sector resources into policing. It works largely through informal institutional arrangements which have so far ensured that the private actors providing resources do not abuse their power for personal or political gain.
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Research Summary 17, Co-producing Citizen Security: The Citizen-Police Liaison Committee in Karachi, IDS Working Paper No. 172