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Why stopping terrorism is so difficult

This article by the director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism succinctly summarizes what has been learned from analysis of every terror attack in the world since 1970 — 156,000 attacks committed by … Continue reading

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Poppy violence in Mexico

This article reports soaring violence in Guerrero, a major poppy-growing region of Mexico. Drug cartels have splintered, vigilante groups have sprung up, kidnappings and extortion are common, and the government depends on the army for public security. Mexico now supplies over 90% … Continue reading

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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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Lessons learned from U.S. mass shootings

This article reviews the 2015 San Bernardino, California and 2016 Orlando, Florida mass shootings and police responses, along with lessons learned. It notes that “In both instances, patrol and traffic officers, investigators, and command personnel—not tactical teams—were the first law enforcement … Continue reading

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Evidence-based policing

There is a lot of attention currently on evidence-based policing (EBP) as a means to further professionalize police practice and administration. EBP societies have been formed in the UK, Canada, Australia/New Zealand, and the US. This blog post considers whether … 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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U.S. police line-of-duty deaths in 2016

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has not yet released its final figures for 2016, but it appears that 136 U.S. officers will be added to its fatality records. The number of police killed by firearms and in ambush … Continue reading

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