International Police Assistance: Democracy, Politics and Culture

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

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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
PublisherScottish Institute for Policing Research
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

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