A secret police force is an agency most often used in dictatorships to scare people living under a dictatorship into agreeing with the dictator's policies. Not all dictatorships, however, use a secret police force. Fidel Castro's Cuba and Mao Zedong's China were able to maintain a dictatorship without using secret police.
Historical secret police agencies[change | edit source]
|Secret police agency||Nation||Existed from||Leader|
|Gestapo||Greater German Reich||1933-1945||Adolf Hitler|
|OVRA||Kingdom of Italy||1927-1943||Benito Mussolini|
|DINA / CNI||Chile||1973-1990||Augusto Pinochet|