Ali Dikici

Keywords: 27 May Coup, Adnan Menderes, Police, 28-29 April Incidents

Abstract

Turkish Army officers staged a bloodless coup in Turkey on 27 May 1960. In the lead up to 27 May a number of separate incidents took place in Turkey. The Turkish Police were to blame on the ground that they politically (government) motivated against these incidents and lost its impartiality. Immediately after the coup a priority was given to police by the military coup leaders and some renovation and reorganization projects regarding police were put into effect. However, many police officers were judged by military courts in Yassıada and some of them were sentenced to different years in prison. The Turkish National Police Organization was one of the mostly affected state bodies by the coup and could not get rid of this effect for decades. This article shows how the police organization failed to respond to advance warnings and incidents of this coup and the main problems as to its own organization following the coup.