Security is multifaceted. It not only incorporates the sum of tanks, planes, ships, and advanced weapons systems, but also the ability to effectively police a population. With this in mind, recent events have highlighted the necessity for police departments across the nation to reevaluate their tactics, procedures, and policies. On Thursday, a welcomed development for citizen's concerned with police brutality took place in America's criminal justice system. According to the US Intelligence Community's Facebook page, the Justice Department and City of Cleaveland have agreed to reform the city's police division after a pattern of excessive force was found.
The release stated that an independent monitor would oversee the reforms of Cleaveland's police department. Although specific measures were not divulged, Attorney General Eric Holder stated, "There are real, practical and concrete measures that can be taken to ensure not only that police services are delivered in a constitutional manner, but that promote public safety, officer safety, confidence and collaboration, transparency, and legitimacy.”
Prior to the release, former Foreign Policy columnist and academic Mark Lynch commented on the necessity of security sector reform in the United States.
Security sector reform is the process of reforming institutions responsible for ensuring that a nation's government and population are protected from foreign and domestic threats. This can take the form of crafting a constitution, placing legal and political oversight mechanisms, and enhancing the capacities of a country's military and law enforcement entities.