From military to tribal police
Policing the Upper Nile Province of the Sudan
in Policing the empire
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The transition from military to tribal policing in the Upper Nile invites comparison with those two ideals of imperial policing, the Royal Irish Constabulary and the 'bobby on the beat'. In many ways, Upper Nile Province lagged behind the rest of the Sudan in the development of its police force, establishing a criminal investigation unit as late as 1953, just before independence. But the province contained within it all the varied duties expected to different bodies of Sudanese police during the Anglo-Egyptian condominium. This chapter focuses on police support in the civil administration of rural areas from occupation in 1898 to Sudanisation in 1954. With the preservation of 'tribal' integrity as the cornerstone of Native Administration, the presence of regular police became a threat to the policies of British rule. The continuing frontier duties of the regular police meant that they never lost their military character.

Policing the empire

Government, Authority and Control, 1830–1940


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