Category Archives: Middle East

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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2017 corruption perceptions index

The 2017 public sector corruption index from Transparency International,┬ábased on perceptions of experts and businesspeople, is available here. Best in the world is New Zealand, worst is Somalia. Here are the best & worst world rankings by region: Africa — … Continue reading

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“Low policing” in Israel

This article reports results of a new emphasis on policing everyday problems like noise and traffic in Israel, where counter-terror policing has traditionally had the highest priority. The effort, which started by asking residents to identify their biggest concerns, has … Continue reading

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