Tag Archives: Brazil

Community policing challenges in South America

This article reviews some community policing successes and failures in South America. COP “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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“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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