Tag Archives: Chile

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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Creative drug smuggling

This article briefly describes 5 adaptive methods currently being used to smuggle drugs in Latin America: narco-ambulances, “mules” riding buses and bicycles (instead of commercial aircraft), camouflaging drugs, chemically masking drugs, and drones. This article reports a record level of … Continue reading

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2017 homicide rates in Latin America

This article summarizes 2017 homicide data for Latin America and the Caribbean. Venezuela had the highest rate, 89 per 100,000 population, with over 20% of killings attributed to security forces. Chile had the lowest rate at 3.3, followed by Ecuador, … Continue reading

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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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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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2016 homicide rates in Latin America

The homicide rate in El Salvador dropped about 20% from 2015 to 2016, but at 81.2 murders per 100,000 residents it was still the highest in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to this report. Venezuela had the second worst … Continue reading

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Why is there so much crime in Latin America?

This short blog post addresses the question, “Why is there so much crime in Latin America?” The region has enjoyed economic and social improvements over the last decade, but also increases in crime and violence.

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