Category Archives: Europe

New issue of CEPOL’s research bulletin

The latest issue of the European Law Enforcement Research Bulletin, published by CEPOL, is available here. The issue includes several articles and project reports covering topics such as police trust building, social media, organized crime, domestic violence, and Europol trends. … Continue reading

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Rethinking the role & purpose of policing

The first report from the “Strategic Review of Policing in England & Wales” is due in less than a week. This commentary from the review warns that “the police cannot successfully meet all of the demands we are currently placing … Continue reading

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Global terrorism in 2019

Worldwide, annual terror attacks and deaths have both dropped by about 50% between 2014 and 2019, as reported here. In 2019, the 5th consecutive year of decreases, 8,500 attacks resulted in 20,300 deaths. Afghanistan accounted for 21% of global attacks … Continue reading

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Context matters in police reform

Police reform measures promoted around the world, including in conflict zones, often incorporate best practices as understood in developed countries. However, local conditions vary dramatically. This article presents a typology of four scenarios based on patterns of violence and who … Continue reading

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Protest policing in France

This article considers whether France’s national riot police would be a good model to adopt in the U.S., where the options are local police or the National Guard, which is a state-level branch of the military. The author notes that … Continue reading

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COVID-19 and democratic governance of the security sector

DCAF, the center that studies democratic governance of the security sector, has published a report on the impact of COVID-19, available here. It looks at implications for police, military, border forces, private security, and others. The report notes that “Numerous … Continue reading

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Mental health of police

Mental health problems among police are higher than previously reported, according to a new international systematic review of 67 studies from 24 countries that included 272,463 serving police, reported here. An estimated 26% of police members engage in hazardous drinking, … Continue reading

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Virtual evidence-based policing conferences

The UK’s Society of Evidence Based Policing (SEBP) is holding its annual conference virtually this year. Videos of the first installment of 7 presentations, mainly focused on violent crime including knife crime, are available here. The American SEBP will also … Continue reading

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Increased police applicants in Finland

Finland has a record number of 5,200 applicants for 400 positions this year in its 3-year police college, as reported here. According to officials, “the high number of applications is due to more outreach marketing.” Last year, the number of … Continue reading

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Pandemic effects on security in fragile states

This column discusses the immediate and longer-term impacts of the pandemic on security and justice reform in conflict zones and fragile states. It notes that “Armed forces, police agents, civil protection agents, border guards, judiciary, lawyers and penal systems are … Continue reading

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