Category Archives: North America

Cryptocurrencies

This article provides some explanation of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero, and Zcash as well as blockchain, which is the underlying technology. Dark market usage, such as buying and selling illegal drugs, is estimated to be only a small … Continue reading

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Bribes common in Latin America & Caribbean

One in three people throughout Latin America and the Caribbean report paying a bribe for public services in the last year, according to this article, citing Transparency International. The rate was highest in Mexico at 50%. About half of all … Continue reading

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Fear of crime in Central America

Between 1/3 and 1/2 of residents of six Central American countries say that fear of crime, including fear of being murdered, affects their daily lives, according to this article. Crime avoidance behaviors interfere with employment and education opportunities and are … Continue reading

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Cincinnati wins 2017 problem-oriented policing award

Cincinnati won the Herman Goldstein award for outstanding problem-oriented policing at the 2017 POP Conference this week in Houston, Texas. This 13-minute video tells the story of the initiative that tackled violent crime in two adjoining neighborhoods. Other finalists were … Continue reading

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RCMP stretched thin

This article summarizes a think tank report highlighting a key challenge facing the RCMP — its contracts with local communities throughout Canada mandate staffing at specific levels, which sometimes leaves too few personnel for specialist positions targeting terrorism, organized crime, … Continue reading

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Mental health of first responders in Canada

This article reports a first-ever national effort in Canada to measure the effects of stress on the mental health of first responders, including police. Almost 45% of respondents “screened positive for clinically significant symptom clusters consistent with one or┬ámore mental … Continue reading

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Evidence-based policing in South Africa

This article describes some examples of evidence-based policing in South Africa and cites the establishment of a National Research Division within SAPS as an indication of growing emphasis on data and analysis to guide police policies and strategies. Also being … Continue reading

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