Author Archives: Gary Cordner

Merida 2.0

This report from the Woodrow Wilson Center focuses on security and justice prospects in Mexico, where the new president has proposed creating a National Guard with law enforcement functions. Previous administrations relied heavily on the military, and on federal police, … Continue reading

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Lack of accountability for police violence in Kenya

In its 2019 World Report, Human Rights Watch highlights police abuses in Kenya, citing “Lack of accountability for serious human rights violations, perpetrated largely by security forces … abusive police operations in opposition strongholds, with police beating and shooting to … Continue reading

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New case screening algorithm in Kent

Kent police in the UK are experimenting with a new algorithm to help decide which cases merit follow-up investigation, as reported here. Similar methods have been used for years to winnow through burglary and theft cases, but Kent is using … Continue reading

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Civil society & anti-corruption

An experienced prosecutor with international experience has been selected to head South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority. As described here, her appointment and that of new police leadership in the country has been more transparent than in the past, allowing input … Continue reading

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Durham’s chief

Durham has consistently been rated the UK’s best constabulary over the last several years, despite being one of the hardest hit by reduced funding. This article gives an appreciative profile of their chief, Mike Barton, described paradoxically as liberal but … Continue reading

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Tennis anyone?

This press release reports the conclusion of a sports fixing investigation in Spain, with 83 arrests including 28 professional tennis players. The case involves an organized crime group that “bribed professional players to guarantee predetermined results and used the identities … Continue reading

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Public opinion toward UK police

Her Majesty’s inspectors have released their report on public opinion toward police in 2018, summarized here with links to full documents. Respondents were more likely to have seen police on foot in their local area than in 2017, views of … Continue reading

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