Tag Archives: Netherlands

18,000 trafficked artifacts seized

This article reports a coordinated international investigation, Pandora III, that has resulted in the seizure of 18,000 illegally trafficked cultural artifacts and the arrest of 59 individuals. Besides Europol and the World Customs Organization, the Spanish Civil Guard led the … 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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Amsterdam plan to reduce ethnic profiling

This article reports development of a draft plan by Amsterdam police to reduce the occurrence of ethnic profiling. The plan notes that “stopping people based on their race, ethnicity, skin color, language or religion” is “illegal, degrading and does not … Continue reading

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More dark net seizures

This article reports the closure of DeepDotWeb, a “central node” search and marketing site on the dark net “that helped buyers of illicit goods like drugs and counterfeit items find what they wanted for a commission.” Two Israeli citizens were … Continue reading

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Great expectations vs. reality

This article reviews the experiences of Scotland and Netherlands, both of which centralized their policing systems by creating national police in 2013. Balancing national and local needs while trying to save financial resources has proven difficult. The comparative assessment concludes … Continue reading

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Elder fraud

U.S. authorities announced a year-long “largest-ever” elder fraud crackdown resulting in criminal and civil charges against 260 defendants for defrauding more than 2 million victims out of $750 million, as reported here. The total annual loss to elder Americans is … Continue reading

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More on drug trafficking to EU

This article provides additional details on the recent EU police operation targeting mafia-run cocaine trafficking from Latin America to Europe. On the smuggling side, several different mafia clans allegedly worked together to deliver tons of cocaine across the Atlantic. On … Continue reading

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