Australia has become less compassionate, more punitive and more ready to blame individuals for their alleged failings since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
Many of us will be able to vote for police chiefs next month, but has the system managed to soothe the concerns of its critics?
French efforts to dismantle the Jungle migrant camp are leaving crucial volunteer services at risk.
Reform of police departments must include a reexamination of why cops and civilians come in contact so frequently in the first place.
Innocent people do confess under interrogation to crimes they did not commit, even providing details about the crime. What leads them to falsely confess to very serious crimes?
Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia have introduced restrictive "consorting" laws. But are the laws justified? Are they an efficient and effective way to combat organised crime?
The legal status of private security staff is, for the most part, decidedly uncertain.
Police are important, but not sufficient, in the crime-reduction effort. I have enormous faith in their abilities, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we need more of them.
As Queensland considers new laws to curb alcohol-fuelled violence in response to a one-punch death, several policy experiments that have occurred in recent years can provide valuable lessons.
More than 1,000 people have been killed by police in the US this year alone. Unlike the officer who shot Laquan McDonald, few are ever charged.
American police kill 100 times more civilians than Finnish police. Racism and gun control are just part of the problem.
Preventing crime before it happens, while saving resources, sounds like a great use of big data. But these calculated probabilities raise big questions about civil liberties.
There's a surprising amount of resistance to making policing a graduate profession.
Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disability are managed mostly by police, courts, prison and hospitals. It's costing us millions, when kinder and cheaper alternatives exist.
Police have become the default frontline response to Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disabilities, setting this group up for a lifetime of 'management' by the criminal justice system.
Research suggests serious problems with the way Aboriginal women, particularly those with mental and cognitive disabilities, are "managed" by the criminal justice system.
Australia's high rates of imprisonment and re-imprisonment of Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disabilities is not only shameful, it is entirely predictable and preventable.
We cannot ignore or underestimate the important role police can play in community-based efforts to tackle radicalisation and violent extremism.
Police brutality is an ongoing problem in South Africa. Police-worn body cameras may help reduce such incidents by improving accountability. They may also contribute to the safety of officers.
The Internet Watch foundation is to share its database of abusive image digital signatures in a drive to clean up the internet.