Tag Archives: Colombia

Drug trafficking via Spain

This article details shifts in the trafficking of drugs from Latin America to Europe and discusses investigative cooperation between the U.S. and Spain. Smuggling from Colombia and Venezuela through Caribbean countries, especially the Dominican Republic, has increased in recent years … Continue reading

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Big busts

Some big cases in the news. The site Webstresser.org, allegedly responsible for 4 million DDoS cyber attacks worldwide, was taken off-line with arrests and seizures in at least 11 countries. Spanish police seized 9 tons of cocaine from a ship … Continue reading

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Most murderous cities

This article and map identify the world’s 50 deadliest cities in 2016. There is certainly a pattern — 43 are in Latin America and the Caribbean, 4 in the mainland U.S., and 3 in South Africa. Cities in Mexico, Brazil, … 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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Canada recognizes National Peacekeepers Day

This statement from the RCMP acting commissioner commemorates National Peacekeepers Day and thanks the 87 Canadian police currently serving missions in Colombia, Haiti, Ukraine, Palestine, and Iraq. He notes that these officers “work closely with domestic and international partners to … Continue reading

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Community policing challenges in South America

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