When “mano dura” policing is not the only option

Policing strategies and security initiatives have developed massively in the last few decades. New technology and data analysis have cut down much of the time-consuming drudgery of police work and allowed officers to take already-crunched information and use it to refine and focus their efforts efficiently. These technological advances, however, are not reflected in Latin America, where policy makers ┬átend to lean on upping police presence and brutality as a deterrent. Referred to as mano dura (iron fist), these extreme security policies have been proved in many countries in Latin America to actually increase levels of violence. Why then do … Continue reading When “mano dura” policing is not the only option