Tag Archives: Guatemala

POP in Latin America

This article argues for more problem-oriented policing (POP) focused on hot spots and chronic offenders to tackle elevated levels of violent crime in Central and South America. It provides numerous examples of how violence is concentrated in a small number of very … Continue reading

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Department of Bribery

The Brazilian company Odebrecht had a “Department of Bribery” that paid almost $800 million in bribes over a 15-year period in order to win at least $3.5 billion worth of contracts in 12 countries in South America, Central America, and … Continue reading

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Community policing in Guatemala

This article discusses efforts to implement and expand community policing in Guatemala. Technical advice and financial assistance from international partners have been useful but limited resources, a militaristic tradition, and a strong private security sector with conflicting interests present obstacles … Continue reading

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Violence reduction in Central America

This article discusses evidence-based options for reducing community violence in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. It raises the question of whether initiatives found to be effective in the U.S. will be equally successful in a different social, economic, and criminal … Continue reading

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Caracas most violent city in 2014

Caracas, Venezuela achieved the dubious honor of world’s most violent city in 2014, based on homicide rates, according to this article. Of the top 50, 41 were in Latin America and none were outside the Americas other than 4 cities … Continue reading

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Slow justice in Guatemala

This article reports the conviction and sentencing of the former chief of special investigations in Guatemala for his role in a 1980 massacre of 37 people. He ordered the use of flamethrowers when activists occupied the Spanish embassy and then prohibited emergency … Continue reading

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Community policing in the Americas

This article in Americas Quarterly describes recent successes and failures at implementing community policing in a variety of South and Central American countries. Police reform is a top priority throughout the region since high levels of crime and violence interfere … Continue reading

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