Category Archives: South America

Police corruption in Chile & Ecuador

This article reports recent police corruption scandals in Chile and Ecuador, two Latin American countries generally regarded as less corrupt and more professional than others. Increased drug trafficking is one possible contributing factor, although current incidents have been mainly internal … 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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Money laundering — working smarter, not harder

This article notes a Europol report on money laundering that foundĀ “a lot of data collection and not enough analysis and action” — only 10% of suspicious transaction reports are put to investigative use. Recommendations include adopting a more targeted, intelligence-led … Continue reading

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Canada recognizes National Peacekeepers Day

This statement from the RCMP acting commissioner commemorates National Peacekeepers Day and thanks the 87 Canadian police currently serving missions in Colombia, Haiti, Ukraine, Palestine, and Iraq. He notes that these officers “work closely with domestic and international partners to … Continue reading

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Community policing challenges in South America

This article reviews some community policing successes and failures in South America. COPĀ “has become the go-to security strategy in the Americas” but implementation has rarely been sustained. In Brazil, the UPP initiative in Rio de Janeiro was credited with reducing … Continue reading

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Sustaining police reform

This article draws on experiences from Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia to identify challenges to sustaining police reform. Often, police resistance combined with “get tough” politics undermines reform, especially when activists can’t sustain their influence and public support following initial successes.

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Massive police corruption case in Rio

This article reports the “largest ever” police corruption case in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state. Authorities have arrest orders for 96 police and 71 drug traffickers. Police would allegedly “carry out patrols from Thursday to Sunday solely to collect their … Continue reading

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