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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

Secret police agency Nation Existed from Leader
NKVD U.S.S.R. 1934-1946 Joseph Stalin
Gestapo Greater German Reich 1933-1945 Adolf Hitler
OVRA Kingdom of Italy 1927-1943 Benito Mussolini
DINA / CNI Chile 1973-1990 Augusto Pinochet