Category Archives: Europe

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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Ireland appoints new Garda commissioner from PSNI

This article reports that Ireland has appointed a new commissioner of their national police following a competitive selection process. The appointee comes from Northern Ireland, a surprise to some but well reasoned according to one commentator: “The PSNI I’ve dealt … Continue reading

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Researchers in the ranks

This article reports the recent conference of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing, which mainly featured current police officers presenting results from their own research. The organization, just a few years old, mirrors similar ones in the UK, Canada, Australia/New … Continue reading

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Serbian police criticized over interrogation methods

According to the Council of Europe’s anti-torture committee, police ill-treatment of suspects and prisoners in Serbia is “an accepted practice, and not the work of a few rogue officers,” as reported here. The committee urges that police investigations shift away … Continue reading

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