As Bougainville prepares for next year’s referendum, efforts to improve community safety and maintain peace have been bolstered by a recent influx of young and committed Bougainvilleans being trained up as police officers. Among them is Constable Jerome Tarcusy, 28, who wanted to join the Bougainville Police Service (BPS) to help his community, which is still suffering from the after-effects of the armed conflict on the island 20 years ago. Based at Arawa police station in the Public Safety Unit, Constable Tarcusy believes he is making a difference. “I am working very hard with my community to try to settle all the law and order issues before the referendum,” he says. Getting to this point has not been easy. Like many his age, Constable Tarcusy’s prospects in life were clouded by the Bougainville Crisis and its aftermath. The conflict had negative social and economic impacts on the region, limiting opportunities for people to get ahead in life. “The … [Read more...] about Young Bougainvilleans making a difference in policing
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We’ve all seen the statistics. Knife crime in London has now risen to its highest levels since records began — with almost 15,000 attacks in the past year alone. That adds up to around 40 offences each day — truly a shocking state of affairs. Five people have been murdered in London in the past week. Faced with this, it’s easy to feel powerless, or end up convincing yourself that high levels of violence are inevitable in major cities such as London. But that’s simply not the case. If you look at urban areas around the world you find politicians and police forces pulling out all the stops to make a difference on crime rates. In the latest in this series on Changing Cities, we’re going to be exploring some of these strategies and seeing how technology is opening up new possibilities for fighting criminals — for better and for worse. If you want to see how public policy can have an impact on lawlessness, there’s … [Read more...] about From algorithms that predict misdemeanours to robot police, Rohan Silva explains how tech can help to stop crime
Brad Heath USA TODAY Published 9:51 p.m. UTC Jul 12, 2018 BALTIMORE – Just before a wave of violence turned Baltimore into the nation’s deadliest big city, a curious thing happened to its police force: officers suddenly seemed to stop noticing crime. Police officers reported seeing fewer drug dealers on street corners. They encountered fewer people who had open arrest warrants. Police questioned fewer people on the street. They stopped fewer cars. In the space of just a few days in spring 2015 – as Baltimore faced a wave of rioting after Freddie Gray, a black man, died from injuries he suffered in the back of a police van – officers in nearly every part of the city appeared to turn a blind eye to everyday violations. They still answered calls for help. But the number of potential violations they reported seeing themselves dropped by nearly half. It has largely stayed that way ever since. “What officers are doing is they’re just driving looking … [Read more...] about Baltimore police stopped noticing crime after Freddie Gray’s death. A wave of killings followed.
SANDWICH – Police Chief Jim Biachi has begun showing residents around the future home of the Sandwich Police Department. The present station at 308 E. College St., has been overcrowded for years and is not suitable for expansion, so a new facility is needed, Bianchi said. So rather than going with the old plan to build a new police station on part of the 28-acre site it owns on the Sandwich Fair grounds at a cost of $10 million, the city is remodeling an empty, 14,000-square-foot building at 1251 E. Sixth St. The city bought the building for $480,000, and Bianchi said remodeling the 14,000-square-foot building will cost an estimated $8 million, or $300 per square foot compared to $400 per square foot for a new building on the fairgrounds site. Bianchi and several of his officers gave tours during an open house Friday, showing the vacant building in its present state along with an architect's drawing of what it will look like when work is completed within the next year. The … [Read more...] about Police give tours of future Sandwich police station
A police team on the front-line of London's knife crime battle have been finding more gangs weapons on the capital's streets, amid a series of killings which have left over 50 people dead already this year. The Metropolitan Police's Territorial Support Group (TSG) have been on hand throughout the week, after several knife attacks occurred within London, with seven teenagers being injured in stabbings on Friday alone. This year has seen a 21 per cent increase in knife crime, marking the highest figures since 2011. Read more May ‘absent while violent crime surges’ in London say Labour MPs The reasons why people commit knife crime are not so black and white How ‘Pre-Crime’ predicted in Minority Report is already a reality Pioneering programme leads fight against knife crime in London Sergeant Paul Perversi said stop-and-search efforts on members of the public had been increasingly uncovering weapons, … [Read more...] about Gangs and weapons on the rise on London streets, front line police team warns