An expert in criminology explains why you shouldn't believe everything you see on TV – organised crime is still a very British problem.
The functions of the AFP differ from state police forces in that it has a major role in combating crime impacting on Australia’s national security.
The AWU case is not the first time the AFP has been embroiled in politics, nor will it be the last.
The government doesn’t need a giant biometric database.
Governments must stop thinking that owning as much data as possible is the only way to protect national security and prevent crime.
Police operations online sometimes have shaky legal grounds.
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Without proper checks, police could have significantly expanded scope to search homes and computers around the world.
Australian police often have to request data about suspects from overseas.
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Support from overseas law enforcement and tech companies is typically a slow and cumbersome process.
A computer generated ten-year-old girl called Sweetie, who was used by Dutch children’s rights group Terre Des Hommes during an online child sex sting.
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It's increasingly difficult to tell virtually-created images from those of real children.
Road trauma is already the ninth leading cause of death worldwide.
Wider societal issues are driving road user behaviour, which cannot be fixed by taking a traditional road safety approach.
Your photos can tell law enforcement a lot about you.
Photos are full of information, from your location to phone model, and digital forensics can help extract it.
It’s almost impossible to adequately protect soft targets like public gatherings.
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Because physical security can only do so much, communities have a role to play.
Police guard the blockade line in Martin Place, Sydney, during the siege of the Lindt Cafe in December 2014.
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.
President Donald Trump greets Director of the FBI James Comey in January.
Past presidents have made strange requests of the FBI, some of which were documented by J. Edgar Hoover.
Illicit drugs are priced differently depending upon which stage of the supply chain they are located.
Let's take claims about the value of drug seizures with a grain of salt.
How can investigators get into digital files?
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The technical consensus is clear: Adding 'backdoors' to encryption algorithms weakens everyone's security. So what are the police and intelligence agencies to do?
Young people using the infamous ‘nyaope’ drug in Johannesburg.
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Portugal won the war on drugs by giving up. What lessons can South Africa learn from their approach?
From the depths of the dark web, the identities and location of pimps can be scrubbed.
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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
With citizens filming police, and police recording public encounters, the key to the truth is establishing a clear timeline of events.
Indigenous prison and police custody rates have actually increased since the royal commission tabled its report.
The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody's report was meant to be a blueprint for reducing the disproportionate incarceration of Indigenous Australians and deaths in custody.
Queensland’s laws targeting bikies are set to be replaced with more workable ones.
A report by a taskforce reviewing Queensland's anti-bikie laws is a step in the right direction for dealing with organised crime as a whole, rather than just focusing on one small sub-group.
Was David Leyonhjelm correct about the proportion of drug law enforcement costs attributable to cannabis?
Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm told parliament that of the $1.5 billion spent annually on drug law enforcement, 70% is attributable to cannabis. Are those numbers correct?
Some people are concerned by the presence of drones in the air above them.
Drones are increasingly being used by law enforcement agencies around the world, but this raises some issues around privacy and regulation.