Changing the guard: developing democratic police abroad, Volume 10

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Oxford University Press, 2006 - Law - 171 pages
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From 'failed states' such as Haiti, to countries undergoing political transformation, such as Russia, Afghanistan, and Iraq, democratic reform has grown enormously since the end of the Cold War in 1991. Every day the American government, the United Nations, and other international institutions send people into non-English speaking, war-torn, and often minimally democratic countries struggling to cope with rising crime and disorder under a new regime. These assistance missions attempt to promote democratic law enforcement in devastated countries. But do these missions really facilitate the creation of effective policing? Is it realistic to expect that they succeed? Renowned criminologist David H. Bayley here examines the prospects for the reform of police forces overseas as a means of encouraging the development of democratic governments. In doing so, he assesses obstacles for promoting democratic policing in a state-of-the-art review of all efforts to promote democratic reform since 1991. Assistance to police forces in these hot spots is hugely consequential, but it is also risky and uncertain. The foreign policy of developing and reforming police abroad poses the danger of improving the capability of a major institution of potential repression and thus bringing into disrepute the activities of donors both at home and internationally. These potential risks do not, however, outweigh the necessity of promoting just police forces abroad. Changing the Guard offers an inside look at the achievements and limits of current American foreign assistance, outlining the nature and scope of the police assistance program and the agencies that provide it. Bayley concludes with recommendations for how police assistance could be improved in volatile countries across the world. 'Changing the guard' is required reading as an instruction manual for building democratic policing overseas.

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Problem and Opportunity
Democracy and the Police
Strategies of Reform

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David Bayley is Distinguished Professor in the School of Criminal Justice, State University of New York at Albany. He is the author of Police for the Future (Oxford, 1994) and What Works in Policing (Oxford, 1998). A specialist in international criminal justice, he is currently a member of the International Oversight Commission for the reform of the police of Northern Ireland and is writing the United Nation's program for community policing in the rebuilding and reform of police in peacekeeping operations.