Policing the Global South provides scholarship which further transnationalises and democratises ideas about policing practices and philosophies, highlighting renovations in approaches to policing studies, and injecting innovative perspectives into the study of policing from scholars positioned on the ‘periphery’.

Criminological knowledge depolarisation underscores a conscious effort by scholars from the Global South to increase intellectual knowledge focused on developing context-specific responses to issues not aligned to Northern ideological positions and specific to the non-Northern context. Such shifts draw attention to the expanse of spaces beyond Northern centres rife with challenges unlike any specific to those experienced or conceptualised by scholars from the Global North with an applied Northern criminological lens. Applying a postcolonial lens to empirical knowledge from country-specific cases in former colonies in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Pacific, and Latin America, this book examines how policing issues not aligned to Northern ideological positions and specific to non-Northern contexts are addressed. The primary purpose is to share innovations in the field of policing – service provision, threats to security, crime responses, justice and international trends – developed in postcolonial developing-country contexts. Given the aim of the book and the contributors’ own research on issues of policing across the globe, it discusses themes including but not limited to the colonial legacies and their impact on policing; how plural regulatory systems and partnerships are navigated by the police; the linkages between access to justice, community perceptions, and police legitimacy; innovations and challenges in organisational reform, crime prevention, and community partnerships; and the expanding roles of police organisations in the Global South. While each chapter presents a policing issue in a country within a specific part of the Global South, the book highlights how important it is to frame responses based on contextual realities informed by an awareness of the past and present, with a goal of informing the future.

Delivering a much-needed introduction to those specialising in policing in developing countries, this book is invaluable reading for academics and students of criminology, criminal justice, governance, policy, and IR, as well as professionals in policing organizations across the globe.

part |14 pages


chapter 1|12 pages

Policing the Global South

Colonial legacies, pluralities, partnerships, and reform

part 1|78 pages

Acknowledging colonial legacies and their impact on policing

chapter 2|16 pages

Bringing empire back in

Unaccountable public violence, sovereignty, and the rule of difference in Latin America

chapter 6|16 pages

From barefoot policeman to policeman as president

An overview of the institutional development of the Colombian Police Force

part 2|58 pages

Navigating plural regulatory systems and policing partnerships

chapter 8|15 pages

Police, private security, and patitos

The market for security in Mexico City

chapter 9|16 pages

Plural policing in crisis

Inclusive security provision in violent and unequal societies

chapter 10|14 pages

Balancing the scale

Police officers' perspectives on plural policing in the Solomon Islands

part 3|74 pages

Access to justice, community perceptions, and police legitimacy

part 4|96 pages

Organisational reform, crime prevention, and community partnerships

chapter 16|15 pages

From fear to cooperation

The critical role of community policing in building trust in the postcolonial state of Pakistan

chapter 17|13 pages

Feeling black and blue

Indigenous police liaison officers in the Torres Strait Region

chapter 18|16 pages

“The police are the public and the public are the police”

Community policing and countering violent extremism (CVE) in Bangladesh

chapter 19|18 pages

The Global South and crime prevention through social development

Evidence from Trinidad and Tobago

chapter 21|15 pages

From social promise to social fad

The evolution of community policing on the Caribbean island of Dominica

part 5|58 pages

The expanding roles of police organisations

chapter 24|14 pages

Policing wildlife crimes

A historical analysis of the development and impact of wildlife ranger units in sub-Saharan Africa

chapter 25|12 pages

Criminalisation of moral hazard during the COVID-19 crisis

The study of Thailand under Emergency Decree, 2020–2021