International Police Assistance: Democracy, Politics and Culture.

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

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


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
Commissioning bodyThe Scottish Institute for Policing Research
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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