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Bolivia-Brazil Border Remains Crime Hotspot

A security operation looking to regain control of the Bolivian border town of San Matías has revealed the extent to which an absence of state institutions has led...
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Arrests of Honduras Police Reveal Setbacks in Purge

The arrest of high-ranking Honduras police officers accused of having criminal network ties illustrates the challenges the government will have to tackle if it...
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Can Community Policing Help Tackle Organized Crime in Mexico?

A community-focused policing program that has produced positive results in one of Mexico’s most violent states suggests that alternative forms of policing could...
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Disbanding Municipal Police Unlikely to Improve Mexico Security Crisis

A proposal by the governor of Mexico’s southwest state of Guerrero to disband municipal police forces and replace them with a single unit is unlikely to rid the...
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Ayotzinapa: What Four Years of Impunity Say About Security In Mexico

The unsolved disappearance of 43 students from a rural teachers college in Mexico four years ago put the level of collusion between the country’s organized crime...
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Honduras Top Cop Killed for Cachiros: US Prosecutor

Revelations from a US judicial case linked to the Cachiros saga shed light on the key support that colluding security forces provided to the once-powerful Honduran...
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Mexico’s Proposed Institutional Reforms Unlikely to Yield Change in Security

Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador has used his transition period before taking office in December to launch a series of proposals to reform...
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Suspension of Entire Local Police Force Shows Depth of Mexico Corruption

Authorities disarmed and relieved of their duties an entire municipal police force in central Mexico amid suspicions of corruption and ties to organized crime,...
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3 Reasons Why Argentina Has Failed to Bring Down Violence in Rosario

A spike in homicide rates in Rosario, Argentina, and an attack on the home of a judge who sentenced top leaders from a powerful gang has undermined the country’s...
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Unregulated Private Security Firms Fuel LatAm Crime, Violence: Report

A new report says that a lack of regulation of private security companies in Latin America is having negative impacts on security and at times facilitates criminal...
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Brazil Officials Propose Expanding Military Role in ‘War’ on Crime

Several top officials in Brazil have floated the idea of expanding the use of federal military operations to combat crime throughout the country, suggesting the...
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After Scandal, El Salvador Police Trade One Elite Unit for Another

Two months after a scandal over the abduction of a police officer by members of her own elite unit, El Salvador's national police announced the unit’s replacement...