UN police missions

UN police commissioners recently gave an extensive briefing focused especially on missions in Haiti, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Video of the full 2-hour briefing with responses and comments from various country representatives is here. Topics include rule of law, serious and organized crime, protection of internally-displaced persons, and gender-responsive policing.

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Police training in Cambodia

This article and video illustrate current police training in Cambodia. The narrator explains that “in addition to professional and physical training, sports and arts are necessary to preserve good health and Khmer culture” and that “the training is aimed at inculcating principles of equity and non-partiality in the cadets, as well as the four values of quality, professionalism, discipline, and excellence.” The official aim is to improve ethical and professional skills through education and training.

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Big data versus community policing

This article summarizes a keynote presentation focused on the impact of austerity and big data on more traditional forms of community policing in Australia and elsewhere. Professor Rogers observes that, in the ongoing demand to do more with less, “it’s no surprise that police, as with many other public agencies, turn to technology in order to assist them in this struggle.” He notes that social and organizational change are inevitable, but “we must be careful that in rushing to seek a technological answer to the problems of modern policing, we do not throw out the ‘community support baby’ with the bathwater.”

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Police agency accreditation in Mexico

This article reports a first-ever conference of CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) held in Mexico. Over 30 local, state, and federal agencies in Mexico are currently engaged in the accreditation process, with 6 expected to be found in compliance at this week’s conference. The CALEA body of standards and process was started almost 40 years ago in the U.S. The expectation is that “Accreditation increases public trust in institutions; it gives citizens confidence that their complaints will be heard, that their police forces will do what they should, and if they don’t – that they will be held accountable.”

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CBI drama in India

This article reports a crisis in India’s Central Bureau of Investigation, an agency with powers similar to the FBI in the U.S. The CBI director and #2 have both been put on leave after they accused each other of corruption. The underlying cause is alleged corruption involving the country’s prime minister and a $9 billion deal to purchase fighter jets from France. The impact of the drama is magnified as it is occurring just 5 months before the next national election.

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Police violence in Ghana

This column discusses the causes of police violence in Ghana following an incident involving demonstrations at a university. “Poor supervision, poor training, and unfair treatment of lower-ranked officers” are cited as systemic problems that give rise to improper behavior. Recommendations are to develop a credible and independent oversight process, implement a more balanced strategy for handling mass disorder, and put more emphasis on the need for legitimacy in the eyes of the public.

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Thieves in law

This article discusses interlocking organized crime groups throughout Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region, led by “crowned thieves” and “thieves in law.” Many of the leaders are from Georgia where a 2005 crackdown inspired them to take up residence in other countries. The recent change in governments in Armenia has similarly resulted in organized crime figures relocating elsewhere. Turkey and Ukraine are identified as current havens for these thieves in law, while Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, and Russia are less hospitable.

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