Saturday, September 11, 2010

Rand Corporation Report Suggests Establishing "Stability Police Force"

A report from the Rand Corporations suggests establishing a Stability Police Force.  This may seem to be a good idea as it seems that with today's US Foreign policy - there always needs to be training and stabilization for local police in many areas of the world.  It would be made of trained and experience police as a "a high-end police force that engages in a range of tasks such as crowd and riot control, special weapons and tactics (SWAT) and investigations of organized criminal groups."

The UN has toyed with establishing a similar police force to be on standy and be deployable on a moment;s notice to areas of the world where they are needed.  However this would be a US Force described here.

For some reason the RAND report suggests using the US Marshall's Service for the Force.  The US State Department already sort-of does this on more of a reaction based plan than a stand-by plan.  It is somewhat effective, but start-up is always an issue.  REACT and other programs have been tried, sometimes with some success.  The State Department makes more sense if it is related to foreign policy issues and it is already established as the agency that deploys US police to foreign countries.

The fear for some is that this Stability Police Force or SPF could be used on US soil, and it would be establishing a National Police Force.  That is food for thought for sure.  With the State Department bidding on a training center, this may be a lot closer to reality than some may suspect.

Whatever you do - stay safe!

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