Tag Archives: USA

Police agency accreditation in Mexico

This article reports a first-ever conference of CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) held in Mexico. Over 30 local, state, and federal agencies in Mexico are currently engaged in the accreditation process, with 6 expected to be found … Continue reading

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529 app reducing bike thefts

This article reports that a bike registration app adopted by police in Vancouver, Canada has become wildly popular for preventing thefts and increasing recoveries. The app, Project 529, has helped reduce Vancouver bicycle thefts by about 1/3 in two years … Continue reading

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Media reaction to terrorism

This article reports a study of the roles played by mass media and social media in the aftermath of terrorist incidents. Looking at both immediate and longer-term media coverage and messaging, “The research team found such attacks continue to have … Continue reading

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Life and death of a Mexican hitman

This article from the International Crisis Group gives an inside look at drugs and murder in Michoacán, Mexico. The violent interplay among cartels, soldiers, police, and vigilantes is confusing, chaotic, and deadly — “the blurring of lines between state and organised … Continue reading

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Women in UN peacekeeping

This column recommends increased female participation in UN peacekeeping missions, currently at 4% for military and 10% for police. It notes that “Women are routinely underrepresented in peacekeeping operations, even though their participation has been shown to improve mission effectiveness … Continue reading

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Creative drug smuggling

This article briefly describes 5 adaptive methods currently being used to smuggle drugs in Latin America: narco-ambulances, “mules” riding buses and bicycles (instead of commercial aircraft), camouflaging drugs, chemically masking drugs, and drones. This article reports a record level of … Continue reading

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An American in Al-Qa’ida

This article decribes the experiences of the first American foreign fighter to join Al-Qa’ida following the 9/11 attacks. He traveled from Long Island to Pakistan and Afghanistan, completed several training courses, and participated in two failed missions before being captured. … Continue reading

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