The crowd at our latest citizen security event at the IDB was not the usual one. No men in suits, no women in blazers, no government officials, no adults. Instead in our audience were 40 kids aged 8-10, in sneakers and dresses, spinning on their chairs, somewhat excited, slightly confused, very energetic. As much as they seemed to admire their parents' work, the daughters and … [Read more...] about A group of kids used design thinking for crime solutions. They came up with three great ideas
By Robson Rodrigues Rio de Janeiro’s Pacification Police Units (UPP) are celebrating their fifth year in 2013. They do so with generally positive approval ratings from the media and society as a whole. A recent study by Instituto Data Favela indicates that 75% of favelas inhabitants approve of the UPPs. Notwithstanding major crises and criticism, the UPP constitute the … [Read more...] about Whither Rio de Janeiro’s Police Pacification Units?
By John Carnochan The first of two blog posts In 2004-2005, we had 132 homicides in Scotland and violence, by Western European standards, was high. What did we do? In 2004 we established the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), a police unit that uses the public health model to develop and apply effective violence reduction tactics, working with education, health, government, … [Read more...] about Four steps to use the public health model to curb crime