The metaphor is useful to think about the path taken by the Uruguayan National Police in recent years. Between 2010 and 2020, this elephant of 33,000 officers woke up from a long nap and was put to trot towards the most significant police reform process since the return to democracy, which even presented innovative features in the Latin American context.
By Vicens Valentín. Depending on the legal framework, the police apparatus will respond to a specific police model, communitarian for the Anglo-Saxons and governmental for the continental ones. Based on this legal framework and the derived state form - from a formal point of view - we can speak of the different versions and formulas of the state, administration and police force.