There are more than 180,000 US soldiers serving in more than 140 countries around the world. During the height of the war in Iraq, there were more than 170,000 deployed in just that country alone. Much of the work soldiers did in Iraq—and do in combat zones around the globe—is not always about fighting. Many spent a lot of time working to create sustainable security and governance. A major part of sustainable security is the development of host-nation security forces, and in urban areas the biggest part of that is policing.
In this episode of MWI’s Urban Warfare Project Podcast, John Spencer is joined by Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski to discuss how urban policing works. In the conversation, Chief Niski explains the basics of urban policing, how the size of the police force and frequency of patrols in dense urban areas is determined, technologies that can be used to assist in urban policing, and recommendations for the military about advising police forces.
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