Every day the American government, the United Nations, and other international institutions send people into non-English speaking, war-torn, and often minimally democratic countries struggling to cope with rising crime and disorder under a new regime. These assistance missions attempt to promote democratic law enforcement in devastated countries. But do these missions really facilitate the creation of effective policing? Renowned criminologist David H. Bayley here examines the prospects for the reform of police forces overseas as a means of encouraging the development of democratic governments. In doing so, he assesses obstacles for promoting democratic policing in a state-of-the-art review of all efforts to promote democratic reform since 1991.
Changing the Guard offers an inside look at the achievements and limits of current American foreign assistance, outlining the nature and scope of the police assistance program and the agencies that provide it. Bayley concludes with recommendations for how police assistance could be improved in volatile countries across the world. This book is required reading as an instruction manual for building democratic policing overseas.
David H. Bayley, Distinguished Professor, School of Criminal Justice, State University of New York at Albany
""Changing the Guard explores the unnumbered side streets of US foreign police assistance and reveals a work of programmatic chaos that officials admit is out of control. Beyond its value as a bureaucratic "who done it," the book offers important insights into improving the delivery of police assistance, in particular that security need not be achieved at the expense of democratic reform."—Robert Perito, author of Where Is the Lone Ranger When We Need Him?: America's Search for a Postconflict Stability Force"
""David Bayley has brought wisdom and perception to a distinguished career that has established him as the world's leading scholar of international policing. Changing the Guard, his latest effort, is a capstone. It is a beautifully written and thoroughly admirable book that will prove indispensable to both scholars and practitioners concerned with the meaning of democratic policing—and how to infuse it into emerging democracies."—Jerome H. Skolnick, author of Justice Without Trial: Law Enforcement in Democratic Society"
""David Bayley's long experience, thorough research and clear thinking shine through on every page of this book. He is one of the few writers in this field that combines an understanding of the internal dynamics of police organizations with insight into international assistance. Against this background, he manages to take the jumbled pieces of the police assistance puzzle and lay them out to form a cohesive and concise picture. But the book is not least a valuable contribution because David Bayley follows his research through to its final conclusions - conclusions that are both policy relevant and instructive for fellow academics."—Annika S. Hansen, author of From Congo to Kosovo: Civilian Police in Peace Operations"
1: Problem and Opportunity
2: Democracy and Police Reform
3: U.S. Programs and Policy
4: Strategies of Reform
5: Security and Reform
6: Managing Assistance
7: Evaluating Impact
8: Organizing for Success
Appendix: Executive summary of recommendations