|The idea of a 'global police force', waiting in the wings for more than
half a century, has stepped out on to the world stage. As one British
newspaper put it: "Even before September 11 there was a very strong case
for a global force to tackle the underground economy of laundered money
including drugs, crime and the fruits of government corruption that is
estimated to top œ1,000bn. The unpaid taxes on these sums should alone
be incentive enough for the global police". But this answer to the "new
world disorder" simply raises more questions. Who would govern the
'global police', manage its resources and supervise its investigations?
How would its priorities be set and by whom? The questions of
effectiveness, integrity and accountability - unresolved in relation to
local policing - are if anything more acute in relation to transnational
policing. This paper invites reflections on the globalisation of
policing and considers the implications for research and practice.
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