Category Archives: North America

Big data & policing

As police departments get better at data, software, and computers, the risks associated with using algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) to guide decision making also increase. This column highlights the consequences of targeting based on historical data. This article reports … Continue reading

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Protecting green gold in Mexico

This article describes a public/private policing arrangement that protects avocado farmers and their valuable crops in Tancitaro, Mexico. Like many others, the municipality created a self-defense group a decade ago in response to murders, kidnappings, and extortion by organized crime. … Continue reading

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Montreal failing to address diversity

This article reports little progress in Montreal in addressing racial and social profiling. Police set objectives 5 years ago and commissioned a review 2 years ago but training, hiring, and programming have lagged. According to the review, “The police don’t … Continue reading

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Problem-based learning in Ontario

This column describes an update of the 1-week problem-based learning (PBL) course for coaches/field training officers in Ontario, Canada. The rationale is that “the coach officer helps mould the lessons learned into a context of real life, while modelling the … Continue reading

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Proactive policing — what works

The U.S. National Academies of Sciences has released a review of evidence on the effects of specific proactive policing strategies, including hot spots, focused deterrence, broken windows, and problem solving. Short-term reductions in crime are commonly found, with less evidence … 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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Joint mental health teams in Canada

This article reports police engagement with “Assertive Community Treatment” mental health teams in Victoria, Canada. The initiative has reduced calls to police, emergency room visits, and client evictions. According to the police chief, “the criminal justice system is not the … Continue reading

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