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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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Armed Force, the Military, and Transnational Policing

Armed Force, the Military, and Transnational Policing

(p.139) 5 Armed Force, the Military, and Transnational Policing
Policing the Caribbean

Ben Bowling

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the involvement of the armed forces, the police, and the military in the region's fight against crime and its operators. The first parts of this chapter differentiates the said groups from one another — in terms of function and orientation. The chapter also focuses on the Caribbean military and their duties regarding the implementation of peace and order in the region. Other specialized forces such as local security, the Regional Defense Force, and the constabularies are also discussed. These groups' participations in the region's war against crime are also reviewed in this chapter. The issue on paramilitary policing over the region is scrutinized. Paramilitary policing is, as apparent as it may look the same, is still different from genuine military orientation. This chapter also discusses how the use of military training and symbolisms amongst the police forces in the region can be an effective way of diminishing the sudden increase in the crime rate in the Caribbean.

Keywords:   military forces, paramilitary policing, crime rate, armed forces, local security

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