Category Archives: Oceania

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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Road safety down in New Zealand

This article reports a major review of road safety in Auckland and throughout New Zealand. Fatalities and serious injuries have increased dramatically since 2012 while enforcement and breath testing has declined. The transport agency is criticized for “Not allowing safety … Continue reading

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Big busts

Some big cases in the news. The site Webstresser.org, allegedly responsible for 4 million DDoS cyber attacks worldwide, was taken off-line with arrests and seizures in at least 11 countries. Spanish police seized 9 tons of cocaine from a ship … Continue reading

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