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Mexico Rolls Out Violence Prevention Program

In the coming days, the Mexican government will begin to implement social programs around the country as part of its violence prevention strategy - the flip side of...
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Why Mexico Should Open the Gendarmerie Debate

Although the Mexican government's idea of creating a National Gendarmerie has been criticized for lack of clarity and failure to define objectives, one official has...
Bolivia and Brazil plan to increase security cooperation
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Bolivia, Brazil Plan Bilateral Measures to Fight Organized Crime

Brazilian and Bolivian government ministers will plan joint initiatives in fighting organized crime during meetings this week in Santa Cruz, a southeastern...
Recruits for the Tigres in training
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Plans For New Military Police in Honduras Backed by Congress

Honduras' Congress has taken up the debate over the possible establishment of a military police unit as an answer to spiralling violence, a discussion that will...
Brazilian military police stand below Cristo Redentor
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Rio Police Occupy 3 Favelas Prior to UPP Installation

Brazilian military police have peacefully occupied three Rio de Janeiro favelas prior to introducing a new police pacification unit (UPP), while the shooting of a...
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff
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Brazil Broke Up 65 Criminal Gangs in Border Surge: President

Brazil has dismantled 65 criminal organizations operating on its borders since the start of a major security initiative in 2011, according to the president, though...
The 'Single Command' strategy
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‘Single Command’ Plans in Mexico Hampered by Political Divisions

One of the main pillars of President Enrique Peña Nieto's new Mexico security policy -- the creation of a "single command" to coordinate policing -- is off to a...
Target zones have been identified in 19 states
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Mexico Identifies Violent Zones for New Crime Prevention Strategy

Mexico’s government has listed 250 highly violent zones to be targeted under a new crime prevention program, as the new administration’s violence reduction...
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Transnational Crime ‘Abiding Threat’ to National Security: US Intelligence

US intelligence chief James Clapper declared before a Senate committee that transnational criminal organizations, particularly those from Latin America, were an...