Policing in the United States: Has the Time Come for a Full-Time National Police Force
Technical Report,10 Aug 2015,10 Jun 2016
US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States
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This thesis poses the national policy question of whether the United States has need of a full-time national police force. This paper reviews the history of policing in the United States, the legal environment in which police operate, and the role of the federal government in policing. An examination of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is used to provide practical examples of advantages and disadvantages of a national police force that operates in a similar environment. The research suggests that while there are no insurmountable obstacles to a national police force, there is currently no need for such an organization.