Category Archives: Oceania

Police pursuits in New Zealand

New Zealand Police engaged in 4096 vehicle pursuits in 2018, a 75% increase since 2009. Over that time, the proportion of pursuits abandoned as too risky has doubled, reaching 59% last year, as reported here. Police argue the level of … Continue reading

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Growing danger from right-wing violence

The mosque massacre in New Zealand has focused attention on right-wing and white-nationalist violence, as reported here. Last year in the U.S., 49 of 50 extremist-related killings were tied to far-right perpetrators, and the EU saw a doubling in 2017 … Continue reading

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“Good catch” in New Zealand

This article provides information on the apprehension of the Christchurch, New Zealand mosque attacker. Two officers from an outlying area, who happened to be in the city for a training session, went operational, spotted the fleeing vehicle, made the decision … Continue reading

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Women, peace and security

This blog post notes the approaching 20th anniversary of the UN resolution on Women, Peace and Security, which promotes “gender mainstreaming in militaries and peacekeeping missions.” It also reviews a new book detailing both accomplishments and challenges of WPS, including … Continue reading

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Arming police in New Zealand

Currently, police in New Zealand do not routinely carry firearms on their person, but all are trained and have access from their vehicles. As reported here, 66% of police staff now support “general arming,” up from 48% a decade ago. … Continue reading

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Terrorism at lowest level since 2002

Global terrorism has been decreasing steadily since 2002. The number of terror attacks decreased 19.8% in 2017, following drops of 9.2% and 11.5% in the preceding two years, according to this article. Terrorism-related deaths declined 24.2% in 2017 following drops … Continue reading

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Rise in strip searches in New South Wales

Police in New South Wales conducted over 5,000 strip searches during the 2-year period 2017-2018, representing a 47% increase from 2014-2015, according to this article. Legal advocates and the independent police watchdog have expressed concern over “a distressingly high number … Continue reading

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