Category Archives: Europe

New case screening algorithm in Kent

Kent police in the UK are experimenting with a new algorithm to help decide which cases merit follow-up investigation, as reported here. Similar methods have been used for years to winnow through burglary and theft cases, but Kent is using … Continue reading

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Durham’s chief

Durham has consistently been rated the UK’s best constabulary over the last several years, despite being one of the hardest hit by reduced funding. This article gives an appreciative profile of their chief, Mike Barton, described paradoxically as liberal but … Continue reading

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Tennis anyone?

This press release reports the conclusion of a sports fixing investigation in Spain, with 83 arrests including 28 professional tennis players. The case involves an organized crime group that “bribed professional players to guarantee predetermined results and used the identities … Continue reading

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Public opinion toward UK police

Her Majesty’s inspectors have released their report on public opinion toward police in 2018, summarized here with links to full documents. Respondents were more likely to have seen police on foot in their local area than in 2017, views of … Continue reading

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UK police miss deadline to meet fingerprint standards

Only 3 of the UK’s 43 police forces met a November deadline to meet “international standards for analysing prints found at crime scenes” as reported here, despite having 3 years to upgrade their processes. The situation reflects a wider mandate … Continue reading

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Shifting face of international terrorism

Counter-terrorism efforts directed mainly at ISIS, Al Qaeda, and the Middle East will need to shift attention to Russian-speaking individuals and networks in the coming years, according to this article. Terror groups that previously resisted oppressive governments in their own … Continue reading

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Year in review

Pleased to report that, during 2018, this blog had 6,798 views by 4,759 visitors from 51 countries, led by the US, Hong Kong, UK, and Canada. Views and visitors were more than double the previous year. The posts most often … Continue reading

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