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Police guard the blockade line in Martin Place, Sydney, during the siege of the Lindt Cafe in December 2014. AAP/Jeff Tan

Should we negotiate with terrorist hostage takers?

Not every terrorist hostage taker will be open to hostage negotiations. But everything we know from psychology tells us that some of them might be.
From the depths of the dark web, the identities and location of pimps can be scrubbed. 'Laptop' via www.shutterstock.com

How the American online sex trade continues to thrive

Two criminologists wanted to learn the tricks of the trade so they went to the source, interviewing over 70 pimps.
The police accountability, or cop-watching, movement includes activists who go out on regular patrols to videotape arrests. Mary Angela Bock

How video can help police – and the public

With citizens filming police, and police recording public encounters, the key to the truth is establishing a clear timeline of events.
Some people are concerned by the presence of drones in the air above them. Shutterstock

Police drones: can we trust the eyes in the skies?

Drones are increasingly being used by law enforcement agencies around the world, but this raises some issues around privacy and regulation.
Public pressure to be ‘tough’ on crime can lead governments to neglect some of our deadliest problems, such as family violence. Paul Miller/AAP

If you want to cut crime, you can’t ignore the evidence

Queensland has a new Labor minority government, led by Annastacia Palaszczuk, after the shock defeat of the Liberal National Party. Labor’s pre-election promises were “modest”, leaving many now wondering…
Chemical weapons could be making a stealthy comeback. Andreas Gradin via Shutterstock

Could incapacitating chemical weapons start an arms race?

On October 26 2002, to end a three-day siege on a theatre in Moscow by Chechen terrorists, Russian security forces used a secret incapacitating chemical agent (ICA) weapon believed to affect the central…

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