Unsolved murders in Uganda

This article reports a series of unsolved murders in Uganda of current and former high-profile religious, political, and police officials. According to sources, investigative units have suffered in recent years from political interference, questionable personnel assignments, and severe lack of resources. Figures indicate that only 2% of all criminal cases registered in court in 2017 resulted in convictions.

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Political interference in Sierra Leone police

This op-ed criticizes the current administration in Sierra Leone for reversing nearly 20 years of reform and professionalization of police. The country endured a decade-long civil war ending in 2002, with over 50,000 deaths, but since then has been widely recognized for significant improvements in police integrity and performance. Recently, though, following a police shooting, a superintendent was suspended for claiming he had no advance knowledge of the raid that led to the fatal encounter. Critics allege that the raid was ordered by political leaders, not the police command.

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Met recruiting its retirees

The London Metropolitan Police hope to attract up to 2,500 of its own recent retirees to return for a year to help fill vacant positions, according to this article. They will receive their previous pay level and have full police powers. Efforts have also been made to convince detectives to delay their retirements. Sworn staffing in the Met is currently at 29,500, the lowest in a decade.

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An American in Al-Qa’ida

This article decribes the experiences of the first American foreign fighter to join Al-Qa’ida following the 9/11 attacks. He traveled from Long Island to Pakistan and Afghanistan, completed several training courses, and participated in two failed missions before being captured. He subsequently renounced the affiliation, became a western intelligence asset, and testified against captured jihadists. He is coauthor of the article along with a former NYPD intelligence official.

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Police & politics in Winnipeg

This column discusses a fear-based television spot run by the police union in Winnipeg, Canada. The ad doesn’t explicitly support a political candidate but clearly opposes the incumbent mayor for not sufficiently funding the police department. The column notes that the advertisement is based more on emotion than fact. Part of the backdrop is the ever-increasing cost of policing across Canada without any consensus solution to long-term affordability.

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Backsliding in Guatemala

This column draws attention to troubling developments in Guatemala. International groups that have aided post-conflict anti-corruption reform are being denied access and professional leadership of the police has been “decapitated.” The column describes “what appears to be a concerted attack by those seeking to return the country to a pre-peace accord era where networks linked transnational criminal organizations, corrupt elites, and dysfunctional institutions.”

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Community policing in Morelia

This article reports a 3-year effort to implement a dramatically different approach to policing in one Mexican city. Violence has been reduced, access to police assistance has been streamlined, police-public engagement has increased, and residents feel safer. The improvements have been aided by substantial national funding, however, raising some questions about sustainability.

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