Category Archives: Oceania

Global gun deaths

This article summarizes a study of global gun deaths recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. World-wide, gun deaths average about 250,000 per year — 64% homicide, 27% suicide, 9% accident. The global average rate, 4 per … Continue reading

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2018 POP conference agenda

The Center for Problem Oriented Policing will hold its 28th annual conference November 5-7 in Providence, Rhode Island. The draft agenda and registration information are here. Among the presenters will be finalist agencies from New Zealand, the UK, and the … Continue reading

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NZ recruit class 54% women

This press release reports graduation of the most recent police recruit class in New Zealand. Of 78 new constables, 42 are women. The announcement indicates that many of the graduates have “a background in sport, including orienteering, athletics, rugby, and … Continue reading

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Researchers in the ranks

This article reports the recent conference of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing, which mainly featured current police officers presenting results from their own research. The organization, just a few years old, mirrors similar ones in the UK, Canada, Australia/New … 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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Over 250,000 fake breath tests

This article reports the discovery of 258,000 fake breath tests in Victoria, Australia. The false tests did not lead to prosecutions, but rather were repeated sober readings apparently produced by officers inflating their productivity records. The fake tests, which occurred … Continue reading

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