Frustrated efforts in both Iraq and Afghanistan give urgency to the question of how to craft effective, humane, and legitimate security institutions in conflict-ridden states - and whether legitimate policing can in fact be developed in the midst of insurgency and terrorism. David H. Bayley and Robert M. Perito confront these questions head on. Against the backdrop of failed US attempts to train police forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, Bayley and Perito explore the role of the local police as an element of successful peace operations and counterinsurgency campaigns. Their analysis ranges from the specifics of training to the larger arena of broad institutional reform. Equally practical and grounded in theory, their work offers crucial guidance on the role and training of local police forces that must grapple daily with the challenges of ongoing conflicts. This book confronts the issue of how to craft effective, humane, and legitimate security institutions in postconflict states - and whether legitimate policing can in fact be developed in the midst of insurgency and terrorism.
David H. Bayley is distinguished professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany, State University of New York. His numerous publications include, most recently, Changing the Guard: Developing Democratic Police Abroad and What Works in Policing. He is also author of the UN's program for community policing in the rebuilding and reform of police in peacekeeping operations. Robert M. Perito is senior program officer at the US Institute of Peace. He served as deputy director of the US Justice Department's International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program in 1995-2001, and in 1967-1995 he was a US Foreign Service officer, where his last assignment was director of the Office of International Criminal Justice. He is author of Where Is the Lone Ranger When We Need Him? America's Search for a Post Conflict Security Force.