Author Archives: Gary Cordner

Police corruption in Chile & Ecuador

This article reports recent police corruption scandals in Chile and Ecuador, two Latin American countries generally regarded as less corrupt and more professional than others. Increased drug trafficking is one possible contributing factor, although current incidents have been mainly internal … Continue reading

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Community policing in France

This 2 1/2 minute news video discusses France’s “love-hate relationship” with community policing. President Macron has recently encouraged more emphasis on building public trust as a means of preventing both crime and terrorism.

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India considers national police university

Establishing a national police university in India, previously suggested in 2008, is back on the table, according to this article. The university would offer degrees, serve as a central repository for police data, conduct research, and develop new policies and … Continue reading

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Money isn’t enough

This column by a police commander in India applauds recent decisions to increase funding for infrastructure and modernisation, but argues that fundamental reforms are needed, since public trust is low, crimes go unreported, and conviction rates are only about 22%. … Continue reading

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Cryptocurrencies

This article provides some explanation of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero, and Zcash as well as blockchain, which is the underlying technology. Dark market usage, such as buying and selling illegal drugs, is estimated to be only a small … Continue reading

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ASEAN counter-terror weaknesses

This article notes increasing Islamic State terrorist activity in Southeast Asia and identifies several structural and practical impediments to developing an effective regional response through ASEAN, including slow processes, lack of practical action, and unresolved border disputes.

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Bribes common in Latin America & Caribbean

One in three people throughout Latin America and the Caribbean report paying a bribe for public services in the last year, according to this article, citing Transparency International. The rate was highest in Mexico at 50%. About half of all … Continue reading

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