Here we will talk about public policies and security: analysing current issues, complex concepts or doing proposals and sharing tools for practical implementation

Police and racism in Brazil: elements for thinking about change

In the last decade, at least two factors have contributed to bringing the issue of racism in policing to the forefront. Worldwide, the effects of incarceration and police brutality directed at racially marked groups have accumulated, leading civil society to turn its criticism to the policing model shaped by the anti-terror doctrine. This doctrine brought…

The Möebius ring and (in)security

#SecurityPolicies #Pegasus Written by: Vicens Valentin, , Barcelona y Camp d’Eix When the Twilight of the Gods comes, the serpent will devour the earth, and the wolf the sun. (Jorge Luis Borges) The Möebius ring, discovered in 1858 by the German mathematicians A.F. Möebius and J.B. Listing, consists of a one-sided geometric surface. The ring has very…

Is statistical standardization across countries possible?

Within a State, a uniform classification of offenses based on legal codes facilitates comparative data analysis and the exchange of information between different institutions of the police and criminal justice system. On the other hand, at the regional level, harmonized definitions and classifications are necessary for the comparability of records and for analyzing regional trends.

Limits of public security policies: analysis of three urban security experiences

This document is a synthesis of the debate of the RISE plenary session 15-02-2022 based on presentations by Gonzalo Garate1, Franz Vandershueren2, Beatriz Elena Hernández Chaverra3 and conclusions by Amadeu Recasens4. From RISE, we propose to continue our open dialogue meetings on different aspects of security, such as the meeting on «the question of statistical…

Police reform in Uruguay (or how to make an elephant trot)

The metaphor is useful to think about the path taken by the Uruguayan National Police in recent years. Between 2010 and 2020, this elephant of 33,000 officers woke up from a long nap and was put to trot towards the most significant police reform process since the return to democracy, which even presented innovative features…

Gender perspective in public security

Despite the progress made, effective equality between men and women is still a long way off. Structural inequalities are the order of the day in all areas and public policies are still far from being equitable.

Blurring the monopoly on violence: Private Military and Security Companies and coercive state power

he progressive privatization of state security functions under neoliberalism has enabled PMSC to expand dramatically in recent decades, becoming service providers linked to coercive power, the standard, legitimate and legal power that states exercise through their armies and security forces. Thus, in the last two decades, security has become both a legitimation of any state…

Young homicide victims in Mexico

Murder «due to its absolute gravity […] is one of the crimes that is most scrupulously recorded, and the homicides data is considered to be some of the most representative and comparable crime indicators». This investigation will analyze the prime features of young murder victims recorded by the Mexican s Mortality Statistics.

Evidence-based public policy debates

The second plenary meeting of the Network was held on 5 July. At the meeting the information of the working groups was updated and the main focus of the session was the open debate on «The question of data in public policy» as an instance of gathering shared knowledge in this area.  The closing of…

Security policies and the phenomenon of maras in El Salvador

So far this century, although various governments have offered to implement integrated public security policies against maras or gangs, i.e. a systematic combination of prevention, institutional strengthening, social reinsertion and repression, in practice, at different times, one of these approaches has prevailed: exacerbated punishment (mano dura plans), selective punishment (prosecution, investigation and police intelligence) and…

Considerations on the policial model

By: Amadeu Recasens i Brunet It is necessary to include the police model in a security model and in the corresponding public security policies. In them, the police are no longer the sole actor, not even the main actor. They constitute one more, important actor, but one more, in concurrence / cooperation with other actors…

The needs of people in the focus of the security

In this post we want to share The 2020 Document of the Human Safety and Community Construction Working Group aims to reflect on the possibilities and limitations of an alternative concept of safety that places the needs of people as the focus of their attention and care. From this point of view

Why is important to use the national accounts system to measure the income of criminal economies?

The money being made by criminal economies are those that allow them to continue operating, corrupting institutions, taking advantage of vulnerabilities and affecting the security of the State. Because this money not only flows in the criminal economy, but mixes with the legal and informal economy through money laundering manoeuvres and reinvestment in illegal activities,…

About the attack on the United States Capitol

RISE strongly condemns the events that occurred last Wednesday, January 6, in the United States of America to try to prevent the official appointment of Joe Biden as president-elect. The irruption of these extreme right-wing Republican groups is especially serious for having been provoked and endorsed by the speeches of the current President Donald Trump.…

Rethinking security policies and security models

The socio-economic landscape we live in is increasingly complex and globalized. Power structures and decision-making schemes have been starkly altered in the recent past, making any effort to curb the negative effects of the current economic model all the more challenging.


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