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Exploring UK policing practices as a blueprint for democratic police reform: the overseas deployment of UK Police Officers, 1989 -2009

The UK police have a reputation for policing excellence throughout the world which is partly based upon the notion of policing by 'consent'. Community policing stems from this concept and is about building trust and respect between the community and the police. Since 1989, the UK has been involved to a greater extent in peace support operations within post-conflict states. Yet there is little available information available today within the academic and public domains on the subject of international policing (both from the historical and contemporary perspectives) and the role of the UK police.

This research project will gather material about UK international policing in the past two decades (1989-2009) through oral histories conducted with police who have been involved in peace support operations including Kosovo, Bosnia, Georgia, Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan. The focus of each interview will be upon one key element of police reform: community policing.

This research will enable important conclusions about ongoing and historical issues linked to international policing, and will also feed back to the police themselves and to the general public.