The colonial police force (Polizeitruppe) in German Togoland

The founding of the colonial police force in Togo was carried out by a decree of Chancellor Otto von Bismarck on October 30, 1885. On November 30, 1885, the Germans founded the Polizeitruppe (police force) with twelve Hausa mercenaries who were recruited through a British agency in Nigeria. The creation of the police force took place in the presence of a German warship because the Togolese wanted to prevent the enlistment of these soldiers. The German colonial administration continued to recruit only soldiers from the Islamic faith.


Azamede, Kokou. “Le Togo et la photographie coloniale allemande” Kolonialfotografie,

“Uniforms of the African Other Ranks of the Togo Polizeitruppe”,


Haussa Police Soldiers of the Royal Niger Constabulary, Nigeria 1895.