Category Archives: Central America

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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Smart tech, security, and privacy

This column reviews some of the ways that modern technology is aiding police and security in controlling crime and terrorism in cities around the world, including predictive policing, problem-oriented policing, and environmental design. It cites a recent report that “the … Continue reading

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People in Singapore feel safest

This article reports the most recent global study of people’s feelings of safety and confidence in their police. People in Singapore feel most secure, followed by Norway, Iceland, and Finland. At the other end of the scale, people in Venezuela … Continue reading

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Anger toward police in Nicaragua

Protests in April against the government in Nicaragua reportedly resulted in 76 deaths and 868 injuries. According to this article, “Most of the dead were protesters or protest supporters; police and civilian groups associated with the police were blamed for … Continue reading

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Bias in forensic science

This brief column describes ways in which the meaning of forensic evidence can be distorted by cognitive and occupational biases. “Bias cascade” occurs when observations and decisions from one stage of the investigation affect later stages that should be independent. … Continue reading

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Most murderous cities

This article and map identify the world’s 50 deadliest cities in 2016. There is certainly a pattern — 43 are in Latin America and the Caribbean, 4 in the mainland U.S., and 3 in South Africa. Cities in Mexico, Brazil, … Continue reading

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Private security, crime & violence in Latin America

A new report shows that private security is booming in Latin America and that it fuels rising crime and violence more than it enhances public security, according to this article. In El Salvador, 40% of illegal firearms were diverted from … Continue reading

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