Category Archives: Middle East

Global gun deaths

This article summarizes a study of global gun deaths recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. World-wide, gun deaths average about 250,000 per year — 64% homicide, 27% suicide, 9% accident. The global average rate, 4 per … Continue reading

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More due process, less murder

This article summarizes a cross-national study of 89 countries that found two factors associated with having a lower murder rate — fewer young males and more due process of law. Having the death penalty or being more democratic had little … Continue reading

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Obstacles to women police in Egypt

This article reviews the status of women police in Egypt. Women were eligible to attend the Egyptian Police College from 1984 to 1990 but since then they have only been admitted into specialized fields such as medicine and public relations. … Continue reading

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Smart tech, security, and privacy

This column reviews some of the ways that modern technology is aiding police and security in controlling crime and terrorism in cities around the world, including predictive policing, problem-oriented policing, and environmental design. It cites a recent report that “the … Continue reading

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People in Singapore feel safest

This article reports the most recent global study of people’s feelings of safety and confidence in their police. People in Singapore feel most secure, followed by Norway, Iceland, and Finland. At the other end of the scale, people in Venezuela … Continue reading

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Bias in forensic science

This brief column describes ways in which the meaning of forensic evidence can be distorted by cognitive and occupational biases. “Bias cascade” occurs when observations and decisions from one stage of the investigation affect later stages that should be independent. … Continue reading

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Finland is happiest

According to the latest World Happiness Report, Finlanders are happiest among 156 countries while Venezuelans are least happy. By region, North Americans (combined with Australia and New Zealand in this analysis) and Western Europeans are the most happy while South … Continue reading

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