Category Archives: South America

Violence reduction in Ecuador & Colombia

This article focuses on Ecuador and the city of Cali, Colombia, two success stories for violence reduction in Latin America. Ecuador has dropped its homicide rate from 18 per 100,000 to 6 since 2010, second best in the region, with … Continue reading

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Year in review

Pleased to report that, during 2018, this blog had 6,798 views by 4,759 visitors from 51 countries, led by the US, Hong Kong, UK, and Canada. Views and visitors were more than double the previous year. The posts most often … Continue reading

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License to kill in Rio

After Rio de Janeiro logged over 5,000 homicides in 2017, Brazil’s president put the military in charge of security. Now, as reported here, the newly-elected governor, who “cruised to victory in October promising a brutal crackdown on criminals” has announced … Continue reading

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More on drug trafficking to EU

This article provides additional details on the recent EU police operation targeting mafia-run cocaine trafficking from Latin America to Europe. On the smuggling side, several different mafia clans allegedly worked together to deliver tons of cocaine across the Atlantic. On … Continue reading

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Policing in Latin America

This new report summarizes the state of policing throughout Latin America and considers prospects for transformation over the next decade. It cites demilitarization as the main accomplishment so far, but reform overall has been weak — “The┬áresult is a police … Continue reading

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529 app reducing bike thefts

This article reports that a bike registration app adopted by police in Vancouver, Canada has become wildly popular for preventing thefts and increasing recoveries. The app, Project 529, has helped reduce Vancouver bicycle thefts by about 1/3 in two years … Continue reading

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Maintaining reforms in Guatemala

This article provides a detailed analysis of the situation in Guatemala, where the government is threatening to end its participation in the internationally-sponsored Commission Against Impunity (CICIG), saying it interferes with the country’s sovereignty, while critics say that elites and … Continue reading

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