Police militarisation: new online resource highlights the "shift towards militarised policing taking place across each and every continent"
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A new online resource on police militarisation has been launched by the organisation War Resisters International (WRI), bringing together articles on a variety of relvant topics and providing an interactive map that "can be used to explore the militarisation of policing" in countries across the globe. WRI state: "The aim of the resource is to illustrate how the militarisation of police forces around the world is happening, how it is rooted in deeper structural violence and to bring to the fore stories of resistance from communities across the globe."
See: Resisting police militarisation (WRI, link):
"In recent years, organisations affiliated to War Resisters International have observed a growing militarisation of policing in their home countries with internal security forces beginning to look and act ever more like domestic armies. It is increasingly clear that a shift towards militarised policing is taking place across each and every continent. The idea to create an online resource on the militarisation of policing was born from a desire to join the dots between what is happening in individual countries and paint a clearer picture of the wider global trend."
The resource contains articles on topics such as border militarisation; gender and sexuality in militarised policing; companies profiting from militarised policing; relevant equipment, training and tactics; and useful articles providing an overview and introduction to the issue.
Statewatch and the Transnational Institute recently published a report that examines, amongst other things, the issue of police militarisation in the EU, see: Market Forces: the development of the EU security-industrial complex
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