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Policing the CaribbeanTransnational Security Cooperation in Practice$
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Ben Bowling

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199577699

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577699.001.0001

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The Caribbean Police Commissioner

The Caribbean Police Commissioner

(p.69) 3 The Caribbean Police Commissioner
Policing the Caribbean

Ben Bowling

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the establishment and hierarchy amongst the police forces in the Caribbean region. This chapter also explains how police commissions in the region are regarded as legacies from the colonial era. Also in this chapter, the context of police power is defined. The chapter states that living in a region colonized by Europeans, the police authorities have garnered a wide range of influence and power — and to some extent they have imposed a ‘regal’status in the region. In the succeeding parts of the chapter, select interviews with police commissioners are given; and various view-points regarding the region's state of security are expressed. Moreover, this chapter also reviews various factors that affect the region's security. This chapter also goes through a series of discussions on the different policies that the authorities have made in the past few years up to the present regarding the sudden surge of threats from things such as illegal drugs and firearms. The building tension between certain states in the region as well as the authorities' ways on preventing inter-state conflicts is also scrutinized.

Keywords:   police force, illegal drugs, police commissioners, firearms, inter-state conflict

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