Tag Archives: France

Thieves in law arrested in Spain

This article reports 130 arrests and searches of 70 properties in Spain and France, following investigation of the Armenian faction of the Russian organized crime group “Thieves in Law,” described as “the largest and most dangerous group in Europe right … Continue reading

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Public perception of police effectiveness in France

This column summarizes an extensive survey of public attitudes toward police in France. Disregarding “not known” responses, 74% of rural residents judged police effectiveness in crime control positively, compared to 61% in large cities and 58% in metropolitan Paris. Overall, … Continue reading

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Community policing in France

This 2 1/2 minute news video discusses France’s “love-hate relationship” with community policing. President Macron has recently encouraged more emphasis on building public trust as a means of preventing both crime and terrorism.

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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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Forensic voice analysis

This article provides a nice summary of the current scientific status of voice analysis. Both expert and automated (computerized) comparisons are often used in investigations and legal proceedings, but the¬†science underlying this type of forensic work is not very definitive. … Continue reading

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Tainted confessions in Morocco

This article cites Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch regarding two cases in Morocco in which French-speaking defendants signed statements written in Arabic, which they could not read and¬†were told simply contained biographical details, but that turned out to be … Continue reading

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Protests by French police

This article reports protests by French police critical of the government’s provision of resources to protect them against criminal and terrorist violence. The issue seems likely to be hotly debated in the run-up to national elections scheduled for April 2017.

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