Resisting police militarisation


Four vehicles that look like tanks stand stationary on a street.  Police dressed in combat fatigues with helmets and riot shields stand casually in the road between them.
People's Armed Police and their armoured vehicles on the streets of Ürümqi, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China

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. 

How to use this resource

Our new police militarisation resource can be used to explore the militarisation of policing by country (using the map below) and by topic (using the themes found underneath the map), with links to articles that examine cross-cutting issues in greater depth.  Blue countries have a full profile written on them whereas orange countries have some content but their profiles are not yet complete.  All of the pages have a mixture of content from our own website and material from other sources and websites: these are found to the right-hand side of the page. 

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.  It is hoped that it will act as a networking and solidarity tool for those already experiencing the impact of militarised policing. We hope that this will be a resource that continues to expand and grow - if you have information or ideas that you would like to share, please get in touch at

Police militarisation country profiles

Police militarisation country profiles

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