Afghan Local Police, Afghan National Army, and United States Army personnel during a presence patrol in Logar Province, Afghanistan in 2013

Security forces are statutory organizations with internal security mandates. In the legal context of several countries, the term has variously denoted police and military units working in concert,[1] or the role of irregular military and paramilitary forces (such as gendarmerie and military police) tasked with public security duties.[2]

List of security forces

Examples of formally designated security forces include:

See also


  1. ^ Jacklyn Cock, Laurie Nathan (1989). War and Society: The Militarisation of South Africa. New Africa Books. ISBN 978-0-86486-115-3.
  2. ^ Alan Bryden, Heiner Hänggi (1989). Reform and Reconstruction of the Security Sector (PDF). Transaction Publishers. ISBN 978-3-8258-7770-5.