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4. US police assistance to Latin America

From the early 1950s onwards, America was preoccupied with the need to ensure that communism didn't spread globally. They were vigilant to the activities of communist agitators, aiming to suppress potential revolutions before they took root. The preference was for preemptive action against communists rather than dealing with them after they had seized power, as had occurred in Cuba under Fidel Castro.

Much of this anti-communist strategy went into strengthening national police forces, with the belief that they should play a significant role in counter-insurgency efforts against communist agitators. The US played a pivotal role in establishing infrastructure, training centers, and manuals for training police forces from Latin America and beyond.