Assembling the complexities and problems associated with public order and security in fin-de-siècle Istanbul, Ileri’s article presents a brief institutional history of the modern police forces and provides a vivid picture of the everyday lives of police officers through interrogation reports. It engages with a series of regulations on policing not only as a site of modern state formation policies centered on the aims of development, progress, and surveillance, but also as a multifunctional space of conflicting and fragmented experiences articulated through misconduct and dysfunction of the police force between 1879 and 1908.

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