This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted from books published by Albert Einstein Institution.
A. UNITY! B. PLANNING! C. DISCIPLINE!
Authority – the police have the authority to enforce the law.
Human resources – there are many thousands of policemen.
Skills and knowledge – police provide the state with various skills and knowledge such as: investigation techniques, surveillance techniques, knowledge of how to break up demonstrations, etc.
Material resources – police have weapons, computers, cars, buildings, radios, and through large budgets they can sometimes even afford helicopters, airplanes and boats.
Sanctions – if you do not obey the police, you can be punished. If you resist their orders, for example by running away when they want you to stop, the punishment can be even worse.
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