Category Archives: North America

Global coordination against transnational crime

This column by Interpol reports a meeting in Lyon of regional police organizations (AFRIPOL, AMERIPOL, ASEANAPOL, the Arab Interior Ministers Council, Europol, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency – Frontex, and the Gulf Cooperation Council-POL) along with the Economic … Continue reading

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The impact of cars on U.S. policing

This column, excerpted from a new book, describes how the advent of the automobile transformed American society and dramatically changed the nature of policing. Regulation of traffic brought police into an adversarial and enforcement relationship with a much wider segment … Continue reading

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Countering West Africa piracy

Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea off the west coast of Africa has cost $2.3 billion over the last 3 years, according to this article, which reports that “attacks in the region more than doubled in 2018, accounting for all … Continue reading

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George Kelling passes away

Noted American author and researcher George Kelling has passed away at age 83, as reported here. Born in Milwaukee, son of a firefighter, a social worker by training, he led pioneering studies of motorized patrol and foot patrol for the fledgling … Continue reading

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Reducing crime podcasts

The first 10 installments in an entertaining series of 20-40 minute podcasts focused on crime and crime reduction are available here. Each podcast is hosted by Professor Jerry Ratcliffe, formerly a police officer in the UK, and features an expert … Continue reading

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More dark net seizures

This article reports the closure of DeepDotWeb, a “central node” search and marketing site on the dark net “that helped buyers of illicit goods like drugs and counterfeit items find what they wanted for a commission.” Two Israeli citizens were … Continue reading

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Inconsistent crime gun data in Canada

A recent review of crime gun data across Canada found inconsistent practices between provinces and individual police agencies, as reported here. Ontario has a requirement that all crime guns be submitted for tracing, but other provinces don’t. The RCMP maintains … Continue reading

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