-RAND/Army Report Calls For Militarized Police Force For U.S.

Posted: May 6, 2010 in 2010, Articles

The study (PDF) was released last year but has garnered fresh attention following comments made by one of its authors, Terry Kelly, in an interview with online news website World Net Daily.

It states that a Federal “Stabilization Police Force” of 2–6,000 personnel would work best under a civilian federal agency or the military police.

“They (the data) suggest that the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) and the MP options are the only credible ones. The Marshals Service has sufficient baseline capabilities and a policing culture to build a competent SPF, and its location in the Department of Justice makes it well suited to achieve broader rule-of-law objectives. This finding is consistent with a significant body of academic and policy research, which strongly concludes that civilian agencies are optimal for the execution of policing functions.” (page 123)


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