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U.S. Military Forces and Police Assistance in Stability Operations: The Least-Worst Option to Fill the U.S. Capacity Gap
 
First Lieutenant Steven Harloff, a platoon leader with the U.S. Army's 512th Military Police Company, listens to Iraqi police going over their plan during crime scene investigation training at FOB Warhorse in Iraq (Photo: DOD)  

 

U.S. MILITARY FORCES AND POLICE ASSISTANCE IN STABILITY OPERATIONS:
THE LEAST-WORST OPTION TO FILL THE U.S. CAPACITY GAP

Dennis E. Keller
Colonel (USA, ret)
Department of Distance Education, USAWC

The views expressed in the document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, the U.S. Army War College, the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

 

SUMMARY

An effective police force is a key component to security sector reform, justice sector reform, and the successful transition to the host nation�s security force. This author reviews the history of U.S. involvement in helping develop foreign police forces, and recommends changes to the current approaches to improve effectiveness.

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