Category Archives: North America

Rural crime watch and citizen patrols in Canada

This article reports increased public involvement in crime prevention in rural areas of Alberta, Canada, where reported crime increased 41% from 2013 to 2017. Residents cite limited RCMP coverage and long response times among their concerns. New citizens-on-patrol groups are … Continue reading

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Custom Blackberry CEO busted

This article reports a multi-national investigation by the U.S., Canada, and Australia into a company that provided custom Blackberry devices for secure communication within private networks, with encryption and remote “wiping” if a phone was seized by authorities. About 20,000 … Continue reading

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Increased violence in Quintana Roo

This article reports an increase in murder, robbery, and business extortion in and around popular Mexico tourist destinations Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Cozumel. Analysts attribute the violence to disputes between organized crime groups over territory, drug sales, and rackets, … Continue reading

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Contract Mounties

About 65% of Canada’s RCMP officers serve in municipalities that have contracted with the national government for their police service. This article analyzes the situation in the province of British Columbia, where cities with their own police departments tend to … Continue reading

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This press release announces that Axon (formerly Taser) has established a Research & Development unit in Tampere, Finland, a city described as “among the world’s leading centres of excellence for imaging.” The new team is expected to “enhance the capabilities of … Continue reading

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Compstat today

This article provides an in-depth review of Compstat’s evolution in the New York Police Department since 1994, including the debates over how much credit it deserves for huge drops in crime, the rise and fall of stop-and-frisk, the roles played … Continue reading

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2017 corruption perceptions index

The 2017 public sector corruption index from Transparency International, based 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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