Policing the peace
- Published: Wednesday, 24 June 2009 11:43
"The terrorist and the policeman both come from the same basket," wrote the novelist Joseph Conrad in The Secret Agent in 1907. A century later, the insight retains its resonance as British police are being asked to train local forces to fight terrorism in far-flung locations. Police officers seconded from UK forces are being dispatched to help their counterparts in trouble spots in the Middle East, the former Yugoslavia, East Timor and Africa.
Now officers on international secondment are being offered an online course in peace studies to help strengthen their contribution. The postgrad certificate - in international policing: peace support operations - is being offered for the first time this year by Stirling University in collaboration with the Scottish Police College and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. It draws on ideas from education and politics.