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Date: Winter 2020
From: Parameters(Vol. 50, Issue 4)
Publisher: U.S. Army War College
Document Type: Article
Length: 615 words
Lexile Measure: 1390L

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We agree with Brigadier General Raymond Bell's assessment regarding "civilian" policing expertise in the Army. Much of it is resident in the Reserve components as there are many civilian police officers serving within the Reserves and National Guard, however, there are broader issues at play here.

The United States is not ideal to conduct stability policing or lead any international police development program. Our decentralized, US state-centric system does not translate easily into international operations, notwithstanding one common denominator among American municipal and state police--their experience using discretion among civilians in their daily work practice, something likely not found among many military police in the active component. A civilian on a military post is quite different from one in a civilian community as the military has options to prevent entry and to remove troublesome civilians from its installations.

In contrast, stability police from gendarmerie-type forces (GTF), like the Carabinieri, have much longer training...

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