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Global terrorism in 2019

Worldwide, annual terror attacks and deaths have both dropped by about 50% between 2014 and 2019, as reported here. In 2019, the 5th consecutive year of decreases, 8,500 attacks resulted in 20,300 deaths. Afghanistan accounted for 21% of global attacks … Continue reading

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UK police infiltrate encrypted organized crime platform

The UK National Crime Agency along with partners in France and Netherlands was recently able to infiltrate the encrypted platform EncroChat used for “coordinating and planning the distribution of illicit commodities, money laundering, and plotting to kill rival criminals,” as … Continue reading

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Protest policing in France

This article considers whether France’s national riot police would be a good model to adopt in the U.S., where the options are local police or the National Guard, which is a state-level branch of the military. The author notes that … Continue reading

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Photographing criminals & crime scenes

This column describes a current museum exhibition that includes photos from the 1800s and early 1900s that piqued public interest in criminals and crime scenes. Pictures from Paris and New York are featured, as well as one of the In … Continue reading

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No justice for Romania’s trafficked children

This article on trafficking of Roma children won the top prize for Balkan journalistic excellence. Police in the UK and elsewhere in Europe have arrested hundreds of Roma children from the small Romanian town of Tandarei for theft and related … Continue reading

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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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