Policing a Clash of Cultures Frank Short was born in the United Kingdom during the early years of the Second World War. After schooling, he did his national service in the Corps of Royal Military Police in Hong Kong where, despite still being in his early teens, he received several commendations for professionalism and skilled police work, including recognition from the Commander of British Forces and the Commissioner of Police in Hong Kong, as well as commanding an Anti-Vice Unit. Policing was in his blood it could be said and he went on to spend forty years or so in several police organizations throughout Africa, Asia and the Pacific. In Northern Rhodesia and Swaziland, at the tail end of Empire, he turned his attention to the guidance and training of local police officers in preparation for their work after independence. His work in South Africa found him teaching human rights to the newly formed South African Police Service. This work was challenging but he managed to overcome the many obstacles by focusing on the police needs and by the adoption of a sound partnership approach. His career has been dominated by service and the results of his training efforts have resulted in tangible outcomes in the many police services in which served. He was appointed Chief of Police in St Helena, Senior Legal Administrative Officer to the Member of the Executive Council, responsible for Safety and Security in the North West Province of South Africa and Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force. He received two Batons of Honour while serving in separate police services, numerous commendations and was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 1999. After retirement from the police service, he took up voluntary teaching work in Thailand.