Tag Archives: Colombia

Armed groups in Venezuela

This article details the armed groups allied with the Maduro government in the current crisis in Venezuela. One key group is FAES, an elite tactical unit within the national police created in 2017 that has “morphed into little more than … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Global gun deaths

This article summarizes a study of global gun deaths recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. World-wide, gun deaths average about 250,000 per year — 64% homicide, 27% suicide, 9% accident. The global average rate, 4 per … Continue reading

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