Military Policing

This entry addresses the subject of military policing from a historical-sociological perspective by defining it in terms of processes of militarization and demilitarization of the police. Since the creation of the army and the police, there has regularly been a lively debate on these processes. Military policing is a crucial topic in this encyclopedia in that processes of militarization and demilitarization are an essential element in policing around the world.

Historical Context of Blurring Boundaries Between the Police and the Military

The armed forces and the police share a long history. Both are uniformed government services that have the mandatory power to use legal force and contribute to state authority. Combined, they provide the state’s strong arm. With the rise of the nation-state, since the late ...

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