Accession Number:

ADA495324

Title:

Policing and Law Enforcement in COIN -- The Thick Blue Line

Descriptive Note:

Monograph

Corporate Author:

JOINT SPECIAL OPERATIONS UNIV HURLBURT FIELD FL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

111.0

Abstract:

This work on the role of policing in confronting security threats highlights the need to shift resources and emphasis towards policing, law enforcement, and internal security. Law enforcement and internal security are key pillars in a comprehensive national security strategy and are often underemphasized. As the campaign against terrorist networks shifts out of a combat phase, the competition between governments and terrorist groups for the publics support, a key element in irregular warfare, will occur in noncombat zones. It is in these noncombat zones that the police and other internal security elements of governmental power will be critical in negating terrorist network access to populations. The militarys role in these operational environments will be significantly reduced, but select support will be required and this effort will fall heavily on the Special Operations Forces. This monograph explores the complexity and challenges a government faces in organizing and training multiple levels of a nations various police institutions. Through a thorough and excellent analysis, the author highlights the differences of policing in a counterinsurgency environment versus traditional, peaceful societies. He further amplifies his discussion of counterinsurgency policing through a series of vignettes. The true danger of failure in the current campaign is that a successful irregular warfare campaign in one region may spur additional challenges across the globe, and the author argues persuasively that the police are the thick blue line in this type of campaign.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE