International Police Assistance: Democracy, Politics and Culture

Andy Aitchison, Jarrett Blaustein, Benjamin Himmler, Liam O'Sheaa

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Abstract

This briefing provides an overview of recent research on International Police
Assistance. Firstly the relationship between policing and democracy is examined. While international missions have been successful in supervising police agencies to support emerging democracies, their power and influence means they can become an obstacle to police forces responding to needs articulated by local citizens. Secondly, the wider political context is of major importance, and so technical reforms without democratic state-building are of limited value. Finally, where international deployment is appropriate, suitable pre-mission training on different understandings of the police role, working across languages and cultural differences, is essential to maximise effective and legitimate delivery of police assistance.
Original languageEnglish
TypeBriefing Paper
Media of outputWeb
PublisherScottish Institute for Policing Research
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2014

Publication series

NameSIPR Briefings
No.14

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