A Stability Police Force for the United States: Justification and Options for Creating U.S. Capabilities

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Overview

This study considers the creation of a high-end police force for use in stability operations, examining its ideal size, how responsive it needs to be, where in the government to locate it, its needed capabilities, its proper staffing, and its cost. A 6,000-person force—created in the U.S. Marshals Service and whose officers are seconded to domestic police agencies when not deployed—would be the most effective of the options considered.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780833046536
  • Publisher: Rand Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/25/2009
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Seth G. Jones (PhD, Political Science, University of Chicago) is a senior researcher at RAND. Areas of expertise include the Middle East, Arab-Israeli peace process, and European security.

Keith Crane (PhD, Economics, Indiana University) is a senior economist at RAND. Areas of expertise include Economics of Transition and Economic Forecasting, Transportation Economics, and Defense Economics.

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Table of Contents

Preface iii

Figures ix

Tables xi

Summary xiii

Acknowledgments xxv

Glossary xxvii

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Need for a High-End Policing Capacity 3

Inescapable Reality 4

Primacy of Security 5

Mixed U.S. Record 9

How Would an SPF Be Used? 16

Research Design 17

Chapter 2 Objectives and Tasks 21

Objectives 21

Tasks 23

High-End Policing 24

Building Indigenous Police Capacity 31

Security Operations 34

Cross-Cutting Issues 37

Conclusion 38

Chapter 3 Size and Speed of Deployment 41

Sizing 42

Speed of Deployment 50

Conclusion 58

Chapter 4 Institutional Capabilities 61

Doctrine 63

Organization 64

Training 65

Materiel 67

Leader Development and Education 68

Personnel 70

Facilities 72

Other Institutional Issues 72

Authorities 73

Proposed SPF Structure 76

Permanent Headquarters 76

Stability Police Units 78

Chapter 5 Which Agency Should Create and Maintain an SPF? 83

Evaluating Options 83

Tactical Suitability 84

Institutional Suitability 85

Overall Suitability 86

Headquarters Options 87

U.S. Marshals Service 89

Background 89

Assessment 94

U.S. Secret Service 99

Background 100

Assessment 101

State INL 104

Background 105

Assessment 106

U.S. Army Military Police 112

Background 112

Assessment 114

Conclusion 122

Chapter 6 Staffing: Standing or Reserve? 125

Criteria for Evaluating Options 126

Standing Force Option 128

Evaluation of Standing Force Option 128

Reserve Force Option 130

Evaluation of Reserve Option 131

Hybrid Option 134

Evaluation of Hybrid Force Option 137

Discussion of Options 141

Chapter 7 Costing 145

Personnel Costs 146

Training Costs 148

Facilities Costs149

Equipment Costs 150

Operations and Maintenance Costs 151

Administrative and Other Costs 152

Total Costs 152

Chapter 8 Conclusions 155

The Need for a Stability Force 156

Building an SPF 157

Objectives and Tasks 157

Sizing an SPF 157

Deployment Speed 158

Headquarters in the U.S. Government 159

Staffing 161

Cost 162

Summary 163

Appendix Other Headquarters Options 167

Bibliography 173

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