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Prison No Problem for Rio’s Militia Leaders

One of Rio de Janeiro’s biggest paramilitary leaders is still commanding his group from prison, according to reports. This calls into question the effectiveness of...
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Venezuela Cracks On With Police Reform

Venezuela has taken another step in the overhaul of its dysfunctional and often corrupt police force, announcing that the notorious Caracas Metropolitan Police (PM)...
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Corrupt Cops in Peru Remain On Duty

There are over 2,000 Peruvian anti-drug police operating in the East Andes, where most of Peru's cocaine is produced. Dogged by corruption scandals, the force has...
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Bolivian Govt Does Battle with Police Corruption

As questions arise over the integrity of its police force, the Bolivian government is attempting a major purge of its corrupt...
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WikiLeaks Shows Police Cleanup in Mexico is a Dirty Business

A U.S. State Department cable, released by WikiLeaks, sheds light on the near-impossible crusade to clean up Mexico's police force, compromised by powerful drug...
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InSight: A Carnival of Police

Carnival in Latin America means revelry, skin and ‘fiesta,’ or ‘festa’ as you might say in Portuguese. But it also means organized crime. From Rio to...
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‘Smear Campaign’ in Guatemala Aims to Discredit Reformers

Political intrigue in Guatemala is threatening to stall efforts at police and judicial reform, as some of the country's most important reformists have been sucked...
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RawFeed: Favela Life, Before and After Police Takeover

As the Rio de Janeiro security forces continue moving community policing units into slums long controlled by criminal gangs, InSight brings an on-the-ground view...
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Brazil Cleans Up Police As Well As Slums

Rio de Janeiro has named its first female police chief after a purge of the city's civil force revealed widespread corruption, as the struggle continues to pacify...
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RawFeed: A Push for Peace in Rio de Janeiro

A blogger in Rio de Janeiro gives an on-the-ground view of some of the security advances in the the city's favelas, even as other problems – a still-powerful drug...
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Survey: Nearly 80% of Mexicans Have Little or No Confidence in Federal Police

According to the 2010 National Survey of Insecurity (Encuesta Nacional de Inseguridad), the vast majority -77.8 percent- of Mexicans have little or no confidence in...
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Brazil Sends Army Troops into Rio’s Slums

Brazil sent troops and tanks into poor neighborhoods to help reinforce police units whose battles this week against criminal gangs have left 23 dead, numerous buses...