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In Iraq and elsewhere, the United States finds itself in need of a law enforcement capability for stability operations. How should such a force be created and what specific capabilities should it embody? This report examines the characteristics of such a force and the functional and organizational challenges that must be faced in creating it. The author evaluates five major options, both civilian and military, for creating these forces and assesses each option under nine criteria for effectiveness. He concludes by giving a clear picture of each option’s relative strengths and weaknesses and suggests areas to be examined to complete the picture of how best to create the force.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    What Is a Transitional Law Enforcement Force?

  • Chapter Three

    Options for Consideration

  • Chapter Four

    Evaluation

  • Appendix

    Federal Law Enforcement Agency Competencies

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