Hakeem Odumosu, former Lagos State Police Commissioner, addressing journalists during a protest in Lagos.
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Public trust and confidence in the police is a concern in many parts of the world. How can Nigeria get it right?
Police officers cordon off a crime scene in Kampala, Uganda, in 2021.
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Uganda uses unpredictability to combine democratic institutions with authoritarian power.
Catholics in Lagos protest against the incessant killings in Benue state.
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At the centre of the persisting violence in the north-central region of Nigeria is bad governance.
Getting police and community on board with reforms is crucial for success.
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Attempts to reform US police departments fail when they are unable to get community support. Perhaps it is time to take a different tack, argue two criminal justice scholars – one a former cop.
Police in Tulsa, Okla., march toward a crowd of demonstrators on June 20, 2020.
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Scholars who study policing explain what they have found that could help reduce police prejudice and violence.
As a former NZ Police sergeant, I know firsthand how police fatalities shape one’s behaviour. The recent shooting of two officers in Auckland cuts to the heart of NZ’s trust-based policing policies.
A 2012 training session between two New York police officers demonstrated a way stop-and-frisk encounters could be handled.
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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg apologized for his city’s ‘stop-and-frisk’ police strategy. Two criminologists argue it isn’t necessarily inherently racist – though New York’s program was.
An officer and his dog walk the halls at a school in Indianapolis.
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When police coax information from low-level offenders with threats of harsh sentencing, it breeds distrust in the community and ultimately contributes to mass incarceration.
Police take aim at drug dealers in Rio’s City of God favela as locals look on.
In one bloody week in June, 181 Rio residents were shot, including a baby in utero. It’s now impossible not to notice that city’s once-lauded favela “pacification” strategy has all but collapsed.
Riot police in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Research shows how politics can easily halt reforms that require time to take effect.
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.
An ICE operation in Los Angeles, Feb. 7, 2017.
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You often hear police express a concern that their jobs will become more difficult if they are forced to work with ICE. We look at the evidence.
A rally outside Baltimore City Hall, July 27, 2016.
Violent cops are just playing by the rules American society has created for them. It’s time to change the rules.
Police armored cars drive down a Baltimore street following the death of Freddie Gray in 2015.
The Baltimore Police Department is found to have violated the civil rights of poor blacks. A historian explains why those findings are eerily similar to how the city treated blacks in the 1800s.
Amarion Allen, 11, stands in front of police in Ferguson, Missouri on Aug. 9, 2015.
Community policing efforts in New Haven and Gainesville offer a stark contrast to military-style policing.
Sandra Bland (left) died in jail after a routine traffic stop in Texas. Freddie Gray died after suffering a spinal injury while in police custody.
Police in Lowell, Massachusetts and Memphis, Tennessee are using a new approach designed to help them build trust while enforcing the law.
Citizens and police officers.
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Police and Muslim leaders have joined forces to call for harmony, but just and fair treatment in counter-terrorism operations is needed to reassure the Islamic community.
Muslim communities in Australia feel under siege. It is evident from media reports that they feel unfairly targeted by counter-terrorism policing. They also feel vilified by much of the reporting of these…