Tag Archives: Brazil

“Heist of the century” in Paraguay

This article and this article provide details of a sophisticated, heavily armed robbery of a security/transportation company in Paraguay near its border with Brazil. The site reportedly held $40 million in cash and the 50 robbers made off with $8 million, using … Continue reading

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Rio police face lethal danger

This article reports that 51 police officers have been killed so far this year in Brazil’s state of Rio de Janeiro. The rate threatens to surpass the 147 officers killed in 2016. Last year’s rate in Rio was about 9 … Continue reading

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Best and worst in Latin America

This column from Insight Crime rates police in Latin American countries on public trust and perception of involvement in crime based on data collected in 2012. Police in Chile and Panama rate best, Honduras worst. Nicaragua’s situation is unusual, with … Continue reading

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POP in Latin America

This article argues for more problem-oriented policing (POP) focused on hot spots and chronic offenders to tackle elevated levels of violent crime in Central and South America. It provides numerous examples of how violence is concentrated in a small number of very … Continue reading

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Department of Bribery

The Brazilian company Odebrecht had a “Department of Bribery” that paid almost $800 million in bribes over a 15-year period in order to win at least $3.5 billion worth of contracts in 12 countries in South America, Central America, and … Continue reading

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Police strike in Brazil

This article reports a police strike that began February 3rd in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo, resulting in a sharp increase in murders and looting. Schools and other institutions are closed; the country’s president has sent 1,200 military and … Continue reading

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Increase in people killed by police in Brazil

This article reports a 50% increase in the number of people killed by Brazilian police from 2013 to 2015. The rate of killings by police is 4-5 times higher in Brazil than in the U.S. and of course even more … Continue reading

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