Tag Archives: Colombia

870 arrests for online child sexual abuse on the Darknet

This press release describes the results of a worldwide FBI & Europol investigation into online child sexual abuse on the Darknet’s Playpen site. Three site administrators were recently convicted in the U.S. and sentenced to 20-30 years in prison. A … 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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Hot spots policing in Latin America

This blog post discusses the importance of making the best possible use of police resources in high-crime cities in Latin America and describes studies underway to test the deterrent and displacement effects of hot spot patrols.

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Changes underway in Colombia

By most accounts police in Colombia have improved dramatically over the last 10-20 years and are seen as a model of reform and professionalism in Latin America. Some serious problems of corruption and abuse have recently come to light, however. This … Continue reading

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Caracas most violent city in 2014

Caracas, Venezuela achieved the dubious honor of world’s most violent city in 2014, based on homicide rates, according to this article. Of the top 50, 41 were in Latin America and none were outside the Americas other than 4 cities … Continue reading

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Global public-private coordination

Over 100 persons were recently arrested for fraudulently purchasing airline tickets in a joint operation involving Interpol, Europol, and Ameripol, according to this article. Involving 60 airlines, 45 countries, and 80 airports, it was described as “the result of months … Continue reading

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