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Policing InsurgenciesCops as Counterinsurgents$
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C. Christine Fair and Sumit Ganguly

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198094883

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198094883.001.0001

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The Role of Police in Counterinsurgency Operations in Iraq, 2003–6

The Role of Police in Counterinsurgency Operations in Iraq, 2003–6

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(p.227) 8 The Role of Police in Counterinsurgency Operations in Iraq, 2003–6
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Policing Insurgencies
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Matt Sherman

Josh Paul

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198094883.003.0009

Policing is a skilled and complex task that lies at the nexus of the security sector and the criminal justice system. Police are likely to be the face government presents to the population. They live and interact in the community within which they operate, are rarely unit-based, and have significantly different objectives and accountability structures than their military counterparts. This chapter highlights the challenges to the development of the Iraqi Police Services (IPS) during 2003–2006, as well as the Service’s failures and successes. Particular attention is paid to the politics underlying security at local and national levels, as well as mismatched Coalition and donor priorities (e.g. emphasizing quantity vs. quality), the comparatively lengthy and complex process of police and criminal justice sector development, the effect of strong leadership, the correlation between the growth of civil society and policing, and the role of host nation military support for policing.

Keywords:   Iraq, counterterrorism, Police, Iraqi Police Services, Fallujah

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