Journal Article

Improving the UK's Contribution to International Policing

Liam O’Shea

in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Volume 4, issue 1, pages 38-46
Published in print January 2010 | ISSN: 1752-4512
Published online August 2009 | e-ISSN: 1752-4520 | DOI:
Improving the UK's Contribution to International Policing

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International police reform missions have largely underestimated the time and resources needed to successfully transfer policing norms to recipient police forces. Successful reform is extremely complex and contingent on local norms of justice and political situations. It should not be taken for granted that UK officers, mostly on one-year secondments, have enough time or the right training to be able to successfully engender change. Furthermore, the UK's current contribution to international policing is limited by structural constraints and a fragmented deployment system. This paper argues that the UK must create a body, possibly an International Policing Agency, to deploy more officers and act as an ‘institutional home’ for international policing that develops and improves the UK's ability to transfer its policing norms. This should be run by development practitioners who understand how policing systems in the developing world operate and who appreciate the complexity of reform.

Journal Article.  5218 words. 

Subjects: Policing

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