Category Archives: Europe

Controversy in Berlin police academy

This article reports concerns about the quality of police recruits in basic training in Berlin. Trainers complain that current students lack integrity, fitness, and language skills and some may belong to organized crime groups. Observers wonder if the real issue … Continue reading

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Herman Goldstein wins Stockholm Prize

This website announces that Herman Goldstein, originator of problem-oriented policing, is the 2017 winner of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology. The site has a video of the announcement with a brief interview of the winner; additional information about Goldstein’s career … Continue reading

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Swedes find “amazing” community policing in US city

This article reports a Swedish delegation’s visit to Elgin, Illinois to study community policing. The agency credits its resident officer program, its neighborhood officer program, “its school resource officers, its summer programs and gang interventions in the schools, and its … Continue reading

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Community engagement in County Mayo

This article reports a renewed emphasis on community engagement by the Garda in Ballina, Ireland, one of four pilot sites around the country. Commanders plan to assign an officer to each of 72 housing estates with instructions to “drive around, … Continue reading

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Deaths in police custody

The UK Home Office has completed a study of deaths in police custody, available here, with some comparisons to other countries. In the UK, most deaths are due to apparent suicide or natural causes, often associated with drugs/alcohol. Those arrested … Continue reading

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Science of interrogation

This article provides an in-depth discussion of the psychology underlying effective interrogation. A study of over 1,000 hours of taped interrogations of terrorists confirmed that the key is rapport and projecting a genuine interest in what the suspect has to … Continue reading

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Community policing in France

This 2 1/2 minute news video discusses France’s “love-hate relationship” with community policing. President Macron has recently encouraged more emphasis on building public trust as a means of preventing both crime and terrorism.

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