Category Archives: Central America

Canada recognizes National Peacekeepers Day

This statement from the RCMP acting commissioner commemorates National Peacekeepers Day and thanks the 87 Canadian police currently serving missions in Colombia, Haiti, Ukraine, Palestine, and Iraq. He notes that these officers “work closely with domestic and international partners to … Continue reading

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Best and worst in Latin America

This column from Insight Crime rates police in Latin American countries on public trust and perception of involvement in crime based on data collected in 2012. Police in Chile and Panama rate best, Honduras worst. Nicaragua’s situation is unusual, with … Continue reading

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POP in Latin America

This article argues for more problem-oriented policing (POP) focused on hot spots and chronic offenders to tackle elevated levels of violent crime in Central and South America. It provides numerous examples of how violence is concentrated in a small number of very … Continue reading

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Fighting internet-facilitated child abuse

This press release announces an award given to the assistant director of Interpol’s Vulnerable Communities Unit for lifetime achievement in support of online safety. In this video the recipient, Mick Moran, describes efforts made over 20 years to reduce the … Continue reading

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Department of Bribery

The Brazilian company Odebrecht had a “Department of Bribery” that paid almost $800 million in bribes over a 15-year period in order to win at least $3.5 billion worth of contracts in 12 countries in South America, Central America, and … Continue reading

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Community policing in Guatemala

This article discusses efforts to implement and expand community policing in Guatemala. Technical advice and financial assistance from international partners have been useful but limited resources, a militaristic tradition, and a strong private security sector with conflicting interests present obstacles … Continue reading

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Basic training shortened in Costa Rica

In order to deploy 1,200 additional police more quickly, the selection and training process in Costa Rica will be reduced from 13 months to 7 months, according to this article. A 3-step training model will be implemented, consisting of 2 months in … Continue reading

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