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Policing Global Challenges: Law Enforcement Cooperation and Partnerships

NCJ Number
Journal of Security Education Volume: 1 Issue: 4 Dated: 2006 Pages: 85-94
Korni Swaroop Kumar Ph.D.; Mahesh K. Nalla Ph.D.
Date Published
10 pages
This analysis is intended to help researchers and practitioners understand current efforts in international police cooperation in some regions of the world and the ways in which the lessons learned could strengthen global police cooperation.
Law enforcement practitioners and administrators argue that in the 21st century, countries throughout the world will increasingly feel the effects of international crime, including international terrorism and organized crime. Current global trends toward open borders and economic cooperation enhance the criminal's mobility and ability to escape detection. Advancements in electronic transactions enable the transfer of illegally obtained funds/profits to overseas financial institutions, which reduces the chance of detection. Advances in technology also enable transnational criminals to victimize individuals and organizations from outside the victims' jurisdictional locations. Although many countries have enhanced international cooperation and law enforcement through extradition treaties, many countries still lack clear definitions and punishments for similar crimes. Although the strengthening and expansion of international police partnerships are encouraging, these efforts have often been impeded by diverse legal systems; police organizational structures; the lack of formal communication channels and information exchange; and countries' diverse political, economic, and historical factors. 18 references