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French police hold “anger march”

Thousands of police have marched in Paris “to protest low wages, long hours and increasing suicides in their ranks,” as reported here. In the first such mass demonstration in nearly 20 years, police also cited “inadequate equipment and repeated exposure … Continue reading

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Police suicides rise in France

This article reports an increase in police suicides in France with no apparent single explanation. Possible causes include extended hyper-vigilance over terrorism and ongoing confrontations with “yellow vest” demonstrators, as well as millions of hours of unpaid overtime. The government … Continue reading

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Europol counter-terror efforts

An interview with Catherine De Bolle, Europol executive director and former commissioner general of police in Belgium, is available here. She discusses counter-terror developments in Belgium following the 2016 attacks in Brussels and current EU-wide initiatives including those focused on … Continue reading

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Interpol trying to mend

This article reviews the evolution of Interpol over the last 20 years, including current attempts to rein in the abuse of red notices. Right after the events of September 11, 2001, the agency began emphasizing more information sharing and streamlining … Continue reading

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Terrorism at lowest level since 2002

Global terrorism has been decreasing steadily since 2002. The number of terror attacks decreased 19.8% in 2017, following drops of 9.2% and 11.5% in the preceding two years, according to this article. Terrorism-related deaths declined 24.2% in 2017 following drops … Continue reading

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Yellow vest protests in France

This blog essay reviews the ongoing protests in France since last November, reporting that the police response has been measured yet “seventeen eyes and four hands have been lost so far.” The protests are not clearly far-right or far-left, ideological, … Continue reading

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Crime solving slips in Paris

This article compares crime-solving rates across France, based on an analysis of police data. In Paris, success in identifying suspects in reported crime cases has dropped from 34% to 22% since 2012. Solving rates are generally higher in the country’s … Continue reading

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