The Caribbean Police Commissioner

Ben Bowling

in Policing the Caribbean

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199577699
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191702259 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

The Caribbean Police Commissioner

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This chapter discusses the establishment and hierarchy amongst the police forces in the Caribbean region. This chapter also explains how police commissions in the region are regarded as legacies from the colonial era. Also in this chapter, the context of police power is defined. The chapter states that living in a region colonized by Europeans, the police authorities have garnered a wide range of influence and power — and to some extent they have imposed a ‘regal’status in the region. In the succeeding parts of the chapter, select interviews with police commissioners are given; and various view-points regarding the region's state of security are expressed. Moreover, this chapter also reviews various factors that affect the region's security. This chapter also goes through a series of discussions on the different policies that the authorities have made in the past few years up to the present regarding the sudden surge of threats from things such as illegal drugs and firearms. The building tension between certain states in the region as well as the authorities' ways on preventing inter-state conflicts is also scrutinized.

Keywords: police force; illegal drugs; police commissioners; firearms; inter-state conflict

Chapter.  13623 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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