29 July 2013
Irish research on cigarette packets
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Evidence fiddling by both sides.
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28 July 2013
Nice piece with several links to related articles.
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24 July 2013
Press getting worked up about this issue as the Leveson inquiry has concentrated on their invasions of privacy. It is turning out that SOCA knew about other companies in the commercial world doing exactly the same thing. They don't want to tell M.Ps too much about it. Wonder if they discussed it with the Director of Public Prosecutions?
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22 July 2013
20 July 2013
Repeat after me: "you have nothing to fear if you are innocent". Complete abuse of power by police officers, preventing a young woman from getting a job as a result of them harassing her and putting their harassment on the databases such that she turns up as a problem on a CRB check...and they STILL havent removed stuff from the necessary databases, despite admitting disciplining the oficers and apologising. Full story was in Private Eye. Smears followed in other parts of the press.
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18 July 2013
17 July 2013
Piece I missed in the Guardian a couple of days ago. the end of Spain as a refuge and the likelihood of Thailand or even Romania becoming havens for British organised criminals on the run.
Interesting mention of Ameripol, which I first heard of in Onati at last week's workshop on cross-border police cooperation. Soca quoted as saying that 52 of 65 wanted fugitives known to be in Spain have now ben arrested.
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16 July 2013
We shall see. His wife bought four rifles, and had a permit. He's a heavy metal musician and a foreigner. So far that's the evidence...Oh and he has previous for killing someone with a knife and burning down churches, according to the BBC.
Background on the Zetas and their captured and therefore probably ex-leader
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15 July 2013
You have to say that the IT department should have done better! Or did the management panic. Dilbert, where art thou?
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Lady Goudie argues that money laundering legislation is not properly framed to be used as a weapon against human trafficking
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These are the materials from the House of lords European select Committee that relate to the proposed opt-out by the UK from justice and home affairs cooperation prior to opting back into some of the measures. All to do with police cooperation and the Treaty of Lisbon.
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Hundreds of police from across UK to be deployed to Belfast after loyalist violence flares for third night
This is one of the phenomena of the situation in Northern Ireland after the peace process. The hard men of the Protestant community continue to hold their parades and riot when they can't go where they want when they want. It is still a divided society, riddled with organised crime groups. the interesting thing here though, is that a policing problem is now being dealt with by mutual aid ie the "borrowing" of police officers from elsewhere in the UK rather than the Army.
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Just to keep a sense of balance after the previous piece. This is what the extremists are doing in Northern Nigeria.
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Scary title, but the article contains some insights into various powers of the Home Secretary and some case studies of individual alleged "extremists". the description of Obama's weekly meeting on who is going to die next is reminiscent of Stalin at his creepiest. It's all rather Wild West...Wyatt Earp gone high tech. Once these procedures have been in place for a while, it will be very difficult to return to something we can call "normal". Bin Laden continues to undermine democracy from beyond the grave.
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13 July 2013
12 July 2013
13th July 20.00 BST, Radio 4: the crime of the century. All about the Great Train robbery, cos it's the 50th anniversary
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The paper argues that kinship ties and sharing information on violent acts can be
interpreted as forms of ‘hostage-taking’ likely to increase cooperation among co-
offenders. The paper tests this hypothesis among members of two criminal groups,
a Camorra clan based just outside Naples, and a Russian Mafia group that moved
to Rome in the mid-1990s. The data consist of the transcripts of phone intercepts
conducted on both groups by the Italian police over several months. After
turning the data into a series of network matrices, we use Multivariate Quadratic
Assignment Procedure to test the hypothesis. We conclude that the likelihood of
cooperation is higher among members who have shared information about violent
acts. Violence has a stronger effect than kinship in predicting tie formation and thus
cooperation. When non-kinship-based mechanisms fostering cooperation exist,criminal groups are likely to resort to them
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Link from a blog to new article by Campana and Varese in Rationality and Society. I'm particularly interested as I have just returned from a workshop on trust and international police cooperation in Onati, the Basque Country
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