Policing the Caribbean

Policing the Caribbean : Transnational Security Cooperation in Practice

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Policing the Caribbean explores the emergence of law enforcement and security practices that extend beyond the boundaries of the nation state. Perceptions of public safety and national sovereignty are shifting in the face of domestic, regional and global insecurity, and with the emergence of transnational policing practices responding to drug trafficking and organised crime. This book examines how security threats are prioritised and the strategies that are
put in place to respond to them, based on a detailed empirical case study of police and security sector organisations in the Caribbean.

Transnational policing, one of the most significant recent developments in the security field, has brought about a number of changes in the organisation of criminal law enforcement in the Caribbean and other parts of the world. Drawing on interviews with chief police officers, customs, coastguard, immigration, security, military and government officials, Policing the Caribbean examines these changes, providing a unique insight into the work of overseas liaison officers from the UK and
USA, and their collaboration with local police and security agencies.

The first study of transnational policing in the Caribbean, this book assesses the extent to which a restructured transnational security infrastructure has enhanced the safety and wellbeing of the Caribbean islands, and other countries on the shores of the north Atlantic, and asks how we can ensure that the policing beyond boundaries is accountable and good enough to make the world a safer place.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 378 pages
  • 144 x 223 x 29mm | 594g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199577692
  • 9780199577699
  • 1,479,173

Table of contents

1. Introduction ; 2. Caribbean Security in Context ; 3. The Caribbean Police Commissioner ; 4. Transnational policing on the ground: Detectives and Intelligence Officers ; 5. Armed Force, the Military and Transnational Policing ; 6. Border Protection: Customs, Immigration and Airport Security ; 7. Maritime Policing ; 8. Overseas Liaison Officers ; 9. Transforming Caribbean Security ; 10. Conclusion
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Review quote

... a valuable resource for graduate and undergraduate stude nts specializing in governance and security, and a particularly useful reference for Caribbean criminal justice scholars and practitioners seeking to improve their understanding of the practice and politics of transnational policing. * Carl Williams, The British Journal of Criminology * Bowling has succeeded in writing the most comprehensive book on policing in the Caribbean yet... The author has, additionally, managed to produce that rarest of creatures - a specialized academic book that is also an immensely enjoyable read. * Mary Alice Young, Intelligence and National Security * This book deftly weaves empirical detail with a survey of the academic literature on transnational security actors and is a nearly textbook perfect example of twenty-first century sociology of policing research. * James Sheptycki, Policing and Society * This admirable book is a pioneering examination of the workings of the upper echelons of the policing family of the Commonwealth Caribbean in a comparative fashion. It raises a number of profound questions [providing] much food for thought if little comfort. * PETER D FRASER, Trinidad and Tobago Review * Policing the Caribbean provides an outstanding combination of theoretical and empirical probity that takes the perimeters of knowledge about law enforcement in the Caribbean to new frontiers. It's a must read by public security scholars, practitioners, and policy workers in the Caribbean and those concerned with the region, in Europe, North America, and elsewhere. * Ivelaw Lloyd Griffth, Professor of Political Science, The City University of New York *
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About Ben Bowling

Ben Bowling is Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice at King's College London. He has published widely in the fields of policing and international criminal justice. His books include the Clarendon series title Violent Racism (OUP 1998) and Racism, Crime and Justice (Longman 2002). He has served on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Criminology and Policing and Society. He has been a consultant to the United Nations and Interpol, and regularly
addresses senior security sector practitioners from around the world.
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