Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Some studies show that if you live in a low-income country, you are more likely to become the victim of crime than if you live in a rich country. Sounds logical, right? But here's something interesting: Nicaragua has one of the lowest incomes in the region, yet it also has one of the lowest homicide rates in Central America. What's … [Read more...] about How effective is community-based policing? The case of Nicaragua.
Imagine that you're walking calmly down a street with your partner one night. Suddenly, and without any reason at all, the police stop you, question you and carry out a full body search of you and your partner. That seems too intrusive, no? That is what's called “stop and frisk,” an aggressive search that is one of the more controversial tactics used by police these … [Read more...] about Controversial Tactics
The tragic events in Ferguson have placed police practices at the center of a debate in the United States over their model and whether the police have become too militarized. In fact, the White House is seeking to promote community policing tactics and President Obama has created a special commission to make recommendations for a 21st Century police force. The same … [Read more...] about Five elements of a true community police force
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Author, Camelia.boban The image of a policeman seated in front of a crystal ball or a magical mirror does not seem logical, even to the most creative minds. Nevertheless, the science fiction movie “Minority Report” shows a police department that arrests people who are expected to commit crimes in the future. More recently, the CBS … [Read more...] about Does Big Data = Big Brother?