Law Enforcement

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 07:01
The president of Honduras has announced that a reform commission designed to purge the country's police forces will continue its work until 2018. The commission began to operate in April 2016 after reports were published indicating that some high-ranking police officials had been involved in the planning and execution of the 2009 assassination of Honduras' drug czar.
Friday, January 13, 2017 - 09:18
Brazil police, including officers who were off duty, killed nearly 3,500 people in 2015, and some of those incidents were extrajudicial killings, a report said. The report by Human Rights Watch (HRW), published Thursday, said the extrajudicial executions contributed to “a cycle of violence in Brazil.”
Friday, January 13, 2017 - 09:16
Authorities in Honduras have dismantled several networks of allegedly corrupt law enforcement officers, a positive sign for the country's efforts to purge its police institution but also a reminder of the depth and breadth of corruption in the force.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 13:11
A recent opinion poll in Mexico reveals an embarrassing lack of public trust in security forces, exemplifying yet again how institutional failures risk boosting support for problematic responses to insecurity such as the militarization of citizen safety initiatives and the formation of self-defense movements.
Monday, November 7, 2016 - 08:08
Authorities in Honduras are investigating legal officials who allegedly accepted bribes to wipe clean the records of officers removed from their posts in a police purge, exposing a new layer of corruption in Honduran institutions.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 07:17
An average of nine people were killed per day at the hands of Brazil's notoriously violent police force in 2015, an increase from last year despite a nationwide drop in murder rates. Brazil's police have long held the ill-gotten reputation of being among the most brutal institutions of its kind in the world.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 07:01
So the announcement last week by the director of the National Civil Police, Howard Cotto, that police have done this 459 times so far this year points to the severity of the conflict between the gangs and the state. This means El Salvador's authorities are clashing with criminal groups more often than in Mexico, which is still engulfed in a drug war, and Colombia, whose half-century-long civil war is ending.
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 07:54
Recent attacks on members of the Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) have not altered the U.S. decision to send the country its full funding package. As the climate in Honduras becomes increasingly more dangerous for human rights and environmental leaders, the continuation of U.S. security aid to Honduras will continue to be a point of contention moving forward. 
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 07:37
Honduran military and police forces, backed by the international community and in particular millions of U.S. dollars, once again brutally attacked peaceful protesters in a week that saw more social movement blood spilt.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 06:50
Many police in El Salvador are resigning and some are seeking asylum abroad, an indication of officers' dissatisfaction with poor working conditions as they continue to be called upon to combat the country's gangs.

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