Tag Archives: El Salvador

Police vs. gangs intensifying in El Salvador

This article reports a recent increase in both extra-judicial killings and murders of police in El Salvador. Nine police officers were killed in January compared to 32 in all of 2018, with rumors that gang members have police uniforms, assault … Continue reading

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Homicide in Latin America in 2018

This article reports homicide numbers and rates throughout Latin America for 2018. Venezuela continued to have the highest rate, followed by El Salvador, Jamaica, and Honduras. Chile had the lowest rate by far, followed by Paraguay and Argentina. One country … Continue reading

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Global Law & Order Report

Gallup’s latest law & order report, based on 148,000 surveys in 142 countries in 2017, can be accessed here. Residents of Venezuela felt least safe and also had the least confidence in police. Regionally, people in Latin America and the … 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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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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Private security, crime & violence in Latin America

A new report shows that private security is booming in Latin America and that it fuels rising crime and violence more than it enhances public security, according to this article. In El Salvador, 40% of illegal firearms were diverted from … Continue reading

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Nicaragua bucks the trend

This article contrasts Nicaragua with its neighbors in relation to violence and youth gangs. The country has followed a prevention approach rather than the more popular heavy-handed suppression route, resulting in “the smallest police force in Central America, with the … Continue reading

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