Changing the Guard: Developing Democratic Police Abroad

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Oxford University Press, Nov 24, 2005 - Political Science - 184 pages
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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? 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. 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. This book is required reading as an instruction manual for building democratic policing overseas.
 

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Contents

1 Problem and Opportunity
3
2 Democracy and the Police
17
3 US Programs and Policy
25
4 Strategies of Reform
49
5 Security and Reform
69
6 Managing Assistance
87
7 Evaluating Impact
109
8 Organizing for Success
127
Executive Summary of Recommendations
145
Bibliography
149
Index
169
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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.

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