Tag Archives: Italy

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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Trafficking in Sicilian antiquities

This article reports the culmination of a 4-year antiquities investigation in Europe resulting in 43 arrests and recovery of 25,000 archaeological items valued at $47 million. This blog post provides further information on the case, which focused on Roman and … Continue reading

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Brexit & Europol

This column reviews the arguments in favor of maintaining UK membership in Europol despite its proposed exit from the European Union. The latter’s official position is that Britain could no longer be a Europol member if it leaves the EU. … Continue reading

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UN Formed Police Unit training

This post describes the work of the Center for Excellence of Stability Police Units, which has provided operational and leadership training since 2005 for Formed Police Units (FPUs) serving UN peacekeeping missions. The Center, located in Italy and run by … Continue reading

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DNA hit of the year

Information about the 2018 “DNA hit of the year,” involving a familial match to a 1984 UK murder, is posted here. This year’s runner-up cases were submitted from Montenegro, China, and the U.S. The 2017 winning case, from Italy, is … Continue reading

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Big busts

Some big cases in the news. The site Webstresser.org, allegedly responsible for 4 million DDoS cyber attacks worldwide, was taken off-line with arrests and seizures in at least 11 countries. Spanish police seized 9 tons of cocaine from a ship … Continue reading

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Custom-fit app for community policing

This article describes a smartphone app, SecureU, now being pilot tested in 5 EU cities, designed to enhance direct engagement between citizens and police. Developers have taken a “privacy-by-design approach respectful of national and EU regulations,” resulting in local versions of the … Continue reading

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