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Developing crime analysis in Mexico: case studies of cargo robbery on highways, illegal weapons trafficking, robbery of convenience stores and poppy cultivation

Chainey, S; Guererro, N; (2019) Developing crime analysis in Mexico: case studies of cargo robbery on highways, illegal weapons trafficking, robbery of convenience stores and poppy cultivation. UCL and Mexico CNS: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Crime analysis is a fundamental part of modern policing. However, issues still exist in its practical adoption to support operational, investigative and strategic police activity in Latin American and Caribbean police agencies. These issues include technical skills weaknesses of analysts, the inability to effectively communicate analysis results in a meaningful and useful manner, barriers that restrict the flow of information and use of analysis within the organizational structure of the police, and a resistance to use analysis findings amongst frontline police officers. To help address this, the CNS in Mexico, with UCL and supported by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), embarked on a small-scale skills development program in crime analysis for eighteen CNS and Federal Police analysts. The skills development program was structured into three training blocks, delivered in Mexico City over a three month period, and included the analysts working in teams to develop an analysis project. This technical note describes elements of the training program and illustrates some of the learning that was received through the case studies relating to the analysis projects. We also describe how each analysis project has already informed police activity, and how more widely the skills development program has provided momentum towards improving the use of crime analysis in Mexico.

Type: Report
Title: Developing crime analysis in Mexico: case studies of cargo robbery on highways, illegal weapons trafficking, robbery of convenience stores and poppy cultivation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: crime analysis, crime prevention, police, cargo robbery on highways, illegal weapons trafficking, robbery of convenience stores, poppy cultivation, Mexico
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10067263
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