Archive for the ‘World Policing’ Category

Custom Blackberry CEO busted

March 13, 2018

This article reports a multi-national investigation by the U.S., Canada, and Australia into a company that provided custom Blackberry devices for secure communication within private networks, with encryption and remote “wiping” if a phone was seized by authorities. About 20,000 of the devices are in circulation with a clientele that includes drug cartels and transnational organized crime groups. The company’s CEO was arrested last week.


Norway, New Zealand seeking gender parity

March 8, 2018

This article reports that 48% of students seeking entry to Norway’s Police University College in 2018 are women. This article reports that 42 of 80 recruits in the latest class of the Royal New Zealand Police College are women. Meanwhile, the Northern Territories police in Australia have set a goal of 50/50 gender staffing by 2020, as reported here.

U.S. ranks 16th in 2017 corruption perceptions index

February 22, 2018

The 2017 public sector corruption index from Transparency International, based on perceptions of experts and businesspeople, is available here. Best in the world is New Zealand, worst is Somalia. The United States ranked 16th out of 180 countries. Here are the best & worst world rankings by region:

  • Africa — Botswana best (34th); Somalia worst (180th)
  • Asia/Pacific — New Zealand best (1st); Afghanistan worst (177th)
  • Central/South America — Uruguay best (23rd); Venezuela worst (169th)
  • Europe — Denmark best (2nd); Russia worst (135th)
  • Middle East — UAE best (21st); Syria worst (178th)
  • North America — Canada best (8th); Mexico worst (135th)

Free course — antiquities trafficking and art crime

February 18, 2018

The University of Glasgow offers a free on-line course “Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime,” lasting 3 weeks, 4 hours per week. Information and course enrollment available here.

Ambulance data reveal unreported violence

January 30, 2018

This column reports a study in the UK that found up to 90% of ambulance calls for incidents involving violence were not represented in police data. The implication is that police and community-safety initiatives should make greater use of ambulance data for violence prevention and reduction. A practical guide for using such data is available here.

Better interviewing & interrogation

January 21, 2018

Here’s an interview with a Norwegian former homicide investigator who has studied suspect interviewing techniques around the world and applied them during his police career, starting with the UK’s PEACE model and adding strategic elements. The key is to foster communication and respect rather than starting with a “confession mindset.” Otherwise, false confessions become too likely, allowing the real offenders to go undetected.

Going overseas builds capacity at home too

January 19, 2018

This column highlights two international police partnerships, Portland (Oregon) PD with Bangladesh and several Minnesota departments with Somalia, each sponsored by the US State Department. In both cases, tangible benefits have been recognized by police in the US and in the other country.

Canada study of SROs finds benefits

January 12, 2018

A 2-year study of police assigned to 66 high schools in Peel Region, Canada documented benefits for students and staff, according to this article. Positive effects of the School Resource Officers included “reducing crime and bullying while providing extensive social and economic benefits estimated at 11 times the cost, especially for students who feel safer and less stressed, miss less school, are better able to learn and are mentally healthier.”

Use of force reporting

December 2, 2017

New Zealand Police released a very thorough report and analysis of “tactical options” used during 2016, available here. There was no use of force in 99.9% of 3.5 million public interactions and in over 99% of “offender proceedings.” Tasers were the 4th most commonly used tactical option, after empty hand, handcuffs/restraints, and OC spray. Only 15% of Taser incidents involved discharges — the remainder were solely presentation or “laser painting.” Subject injuries occurred in 18% of use of force incidents, officer injuries in 11%. No subjects were shot by police.

Clever recruiting video

November 27, 2017

Police agencies in the U.S. and elsewhere are getting more and more innovative with their recruiting practices. Here’s a clever video from the New Zealand Police — click the “watch now” button. The same video is here on Facebook.