Police work in international peace operation environments: A perspective from Canadian police officers in the MINUSTAH
Tanner, S. and B. Dupont (2015), Police work in international peace operation environments: A perspective from Canadian police officers in the MINUSTAH, Policing and Society, 25 (6), 663-680.
Deployment of police officers on international United Nations peace operations is still a marginal topic addressed only by transnational police scholars. In this paper, based on interviews conducted with Canadian police officers who participated in the United Nation Mission for Stabilization in Haiti, we focus on how participants negotiate the transposition of a ‘home grown’ constabulary ethos in order to provide effective police work in such transnational operations. While the strict transfer of domestic police methods to the new environment is ineffective, we show that police officers elaborate innovative strategies and practices that reveal promising routes for the prevention and de-escalation of violence in the peace operation context. Such innovations may also serve as the basis for the development of more accurate paradigms that will advance police work in a transnational context.
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