Author Archives: Gary Cordner

Book review: Police in Africa

This link is a “capsule review” of a new book, Police in Africa: The Street Level View. It notes the ongoing effects of colonialism, surprisingly strong norms of professionalism, and daunting challenges facing operational police. Bribery and corruption remain common, … Continue reading

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Intelligence-led policing in China

This article describes the adoption of intelligence-led policing since 2004 by China’s Ministry of Public Security “to address longstanding problems with information sharing and a backward analytical culture at every level of public security.” The author observes that “New intelligence … Continue reading

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Big data & policing

As police departments get better at data, software, and computers, the risks associated with using algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) to guide decision making also increase. This column highlights the consequences of targeting based on historical data. This article reports … Continue reading

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Use of force in New Zealand

New Zealand Police released a very thorough report and analysis of “tactical options” used during 2016, available here. There was no use of force in 99.9% of 3.5 million public interactions and in over 99% of “offender proceedings.” Tasers were … Continue reading

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Protecting green gold in Mexico

This article describes a public/private policing arrangement that protects avocado farmers and their valuable crops in Tancitaro, Mexico. Like many others, the municipality created a self-defense group a decade ago in response to murders, kidnappings, and extortion by organized crime. … Continue reading

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Clever recruiting video

Police agencies around the world are getting more and more innovative with their recruiting practices. Here’s a clever video from the New Zealand Police — click the “watch now” button. The same video is here on Facebook.

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Lack of police protection in Dominica after hurricane

This article reports the business community in Dominica have called for a review of police leadership after authorities failed to provide protection in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. It is alleged “there was widespread looting … and some people have … Continue reading

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