Author Archives: Gary Cordner

Corruption in Nigeria

This report analyzes widespread corruption throughout 20 different sectors of the government and economy in Africa’s most populous country, concluding that “Corruption is the single greatest obstacle preventing Nigeria from achieving its enormous potential.” It notes that police,¬†the country’s most-bribed … Continue reading

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Data-driven policing for public trust

Most of the focus of data-driven and evidence-based policing has been on the goal of reducing crime. This article reports efforts in New York and several other U.S. cities to collect real-time data on public sentiment toward police. Using short … Continue reading

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Dilemmas in crisis communication

This article¬†illustrates challenges involved in crisis communication. Police in Toronto increased staffing in the city’s downtown area Thursday morning in response to a credible threat but were vague in their messages to the public, later explaining “Our goal is always … Continue reading

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Police chief on the run

This article describes the situation of a Turkish police chief, one of thousands dismissed after a 2016 coup attempt. He had no role in the coup but had previously spoken out in support of anti-corruption investigations focused on the ruling … Continue reading

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Thieves in law arrested in Spain

This article reports 130 arrests and searches of 70 properties in Spain and France, following investigation of the Armenian faction of the Russian organized crime group “Thieves in Law,” described as “the largest and most dangerous group in Europe right … Continue reading

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Trafficking in Sicilian antiquities

This article reports the culmination of a 4-year antiquities investigation in Europe resulting in 43 arrests and recovery of 25,000 archaeological items valued at $47 million. This blog post provides further information on the case, which focused on Roman and … Continue reading

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Drug trafficking via Spain

This article details shifts in the trafficking of drugs from Latin America to Europe and discusses investigative cooperation between the U.S. and Spain. Smuggling from Colombia and Venezuela through Caribbean countries, especially the Dominican Republic, has increased in recent years … Continue reading

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