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HUNDREDS OF POLICE FROM ACROSS UK TO BE DEPLOYED TO BELFAST AFTER LOYALIST VIOLENCE FLARES FOR THIRD NIGHT

This is one of the phenomena of the situation in Northern Ireland after the peace process. The hard men of the Protestant community continue to hold their parades and riot when they can’t go where they want when they want. It is still a divided society, riddled with organised crime groups. the interesting thing here though, is that a policing problem is now being dealt with by mutual aid ie the “borrowing” of police officers from elsewhere in the UK rather than the Army.

UK’S 2014 OPT-OUT DECISION (PROTOCOL 36)

These are the materials from the House of lords European select Committee that relate to the proposed opt-out by the UK from justice and home affairs cooperation prior to opting back into some of the measures. All to do with police cooperation and the Treaty of Lisbon.

THE CASE FOR ABOLISHING THE DHS

This piece from Bloomberg. Save money. abolish the department of Homeland Security. Neo-libs vs neo-cons…its the final countdown!

VIOLENCE AS A SOURCE OF TRUST IN MAFIA-TYPE ORGANIZATIONS

Link from a blog to new article by Campana and Varese in Rationality and Society. I’m particularly interested as I have just returned from a workshop on trust and international police cooperation in Onati, the Basque Country

LINK TO THE ACTUAL ARTICLE POSTED BELOW

Abstract
The paper argues that kinship ties and sharing information on violent acts can be
interpreted as forms of ‘hostage-taking’ likely to increase cooperation among co-
offenders. The paper tests this hypothesis among members of two criminal groups,
a Camorra clan based just outside Naples, and a Russian Mafia group that moved
to Rome in the mid-1990s. The data consist of the transcripts of phone intercepts
conducted on both groups by the Italian police over several months. After
turning the data into a series of network matrices, we use Multivariate Quadratic
Assignment Procedure to test the hypothesis. We conclude that the likelihood of
cooperation is higher among members who have shared information about violent
acts. Violence has a stronger effect than kinship in predicting tie formation and thus
cooperation. When non-kinship-based mechanisms fostering cooperation exist,

criminal groups are likely to resort to them

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