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At the End of Military InterventionHistorical, Theoretical and Applied Approaches to Transition, Handover and Withdrawal$
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Robert Johnson and Timothy Clack

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198725015

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198725015.001.0001

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‘Insider’/‘outsider’ policing

‘Insider’/‘outsider’ policing

Observations on the role of UK Police (MDP) in Afghanistan and the application of ‘lessons learnt’

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(p.414) 19 ‘Insider’/‘outsider’ policing
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At the End of Military Intervention
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Georgina Sinclair

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198725015.003.0020

Since the mid-1990s, the Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) has carved out a particular niche in international policing assistance, providing nearly half of all UK police deployed overseas, and, from 2008 to 2014 has supported UK policing efforts in Afghanistan. This chapter draws on the MDP’s Afghanistan experiences under Operation Herrick, reflecting on the role of stakeholders and providers at the UK end and in Afghanistan. In this case an opportunity arose to improve the provision of international policing services at the centre, to identify those ‘lessons needing to be learnt’ in theatre within an integrated military–police approach to police monitoring, mentoring, and advising. This may provide an opportunity to harness lessons learnt to any future overseas policing missions within post-conflict and fragile states and may benefit the development of international policing and rule of law doctrine more broadly.

Keywords:   MOD Police, international policing, Afghan police, Operation Herrick, police–military cooperation, hostile environment policing, fragile states

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