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Foreign and International Web Sites

Foreign Web Sites

  • American Society of Criminology
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
  • Australian Federal Police
  • Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC)
  • Australian Institute of Police Management
  • British Society of Criminology
  • Canada, Canadian Police College
  • Canada, Canadian Security Intelligence Service
  • Canada, Correctional Service of Canada
  • Canada, Public Safety Canada
  • Canada, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • (Colombia)Policia Nacional Colombia (In Spanish)
  • Finland, National Police of
  • (Ireland) An Garda Siochana : Ireland's National Police Service
  • Korean Institute of Criminology
  • Korean National Police Home Page
  • Mexico Attorney General's Office (In Spanish)
  • Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Sweden
  • Russian Federation
  • Scandinavian Research Council for Criminology
  • Scotland Yard, From A to Y
  • South African Police Service
  • The State of South African Prisons (2014)
  • Swedish National Police
  • Tuebingen Institute of Criminology (Germany)
  • United Kingdom Home Office
  • United Kingdom Crime and Victims
  • United Kingdom Home Office
  • United Kingdom Ministry of Justice
  • Ukraine
  • Policing in Central and Western Europe

    International Web Sites

  • Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI), Fuchu, Japan
  • Crime and Justice: Meeting the Challenges of the Twenty-First Century
  • Crime and Society : A Comparative Criminology Tour of the World
  • European Police Office
  • Financial Action Task Force (GAFI)
  • Heuni : European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, Affiliated with the United Nations, Helsinki
  • ILANUD : Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission
  • International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, Vancouver
  • International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC), Montreal
  • International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO or Interpol)
  • International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council , Milan, Italy
  • Open Society Justice Initiative
  • Policing OnLine Information System (POLIS)
  • United Nations African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, Kampala, Uganda
  • United Nations International Study on Firearm Regulation
  • United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • World Criminal Justice Library Electronic Network
  • World Directory of Criminological Institutes
  • World Factbook of Criminal Justice Systems
  • World Justice Information Network

    Additional Resources On Other Countries

  • Crime and Safety Reports On Foreign Countries Released by OSAC

    Source Links With Annotations


    American Society of Criminology
    The American Society of Criminology is an international organization concerned with criminology, embracing scholarly, scientific, and professional knowledge concerning the etiology, prevention, control and treatment of crime and delinquency. This includes the measurement and detection of crime, legislation and practice of criminal law, as well as the law enforcement, judicial and correctional systems. The Society's objective is to bring together a multidisciplinary forum fostering criminology study, research, and education. Its members include practitioners, academicians, and students in the many fields of criminal justice. The Society conducts annual meetings for its membership, each devoted to a discussion of a particular topic of general interest. Publish the journal Criminology available in the MSU Libraries. Also provides job announcements culled from the Chronicle of Higher Education and links to other criminal justice web sites.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    An Garda Siochana : Ireland's National Police Service
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI), Tokyo, Japan
    The Institute's mandate is to promote regional cooperation in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice through training, research and information services and to contribute to sound social development in the Asian region. UNAFEI pays utmost attention to the priority themes identified by the United Nations Commissions, and makes every effort to carry out its tasks in response to the needs and expectations of developing countries in the region. Accordingly UNAFEI takes up urgent, contemporary problems in the administration of criminal justice in the region, especially problems generated by rapid socioeconomic change (drug trafficking, drug abuse, organized crime, corruption, overcrowding in prisons, and juvenile delinquency).
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
    The society aims to promote the study and understanding of crime, criminal law and the criminal justice system.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    Australian Federal Police
    The Australian Federal Police is Australia's premier law enforcement agency, enforcing Commonwealth law and providing community policing services to the ACT and Australia's external territories. Web site contains extensive links to additional law enforcement sites.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), Canberra, Australia
    Posts contact information via mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail. The Institute is responsible for the study of crime and criminal justice in Australia, as well as the dissemination of criminal justice information. Provides a site search engine. Offers information on the research groups of the Institute, including research in sophisticated and property crime, public policy, patterns and trends in crime, violence monitoring, and crime and society. Contains criminal justice statistics for Australia.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    Australian Institute of Police Management
    Web site promises future access to an online catalog. Currently contains extensive web links.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    British Society of Criminology
    The BSC is Britain's major criminological society. It aims to further the interests and knowledge, both academic and professional, of persons engaged in any aspect of teaching and research, or in the promotion and dissemination of knowledge, about crime and criminal behaviour, and the criminal justice systems in the United Kingdom.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    Canadian Police College
    The Library section features an extensive set of web links. Also features online newsletters.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    Canadian Security Intelligence Service
    CSIS is a government agency dedicated to protecting the national security interests of Canada and safeguarding its citizens. The main objective of the Service is to investigate and report on threats to the security of Canada, an objective that it pursues while respecting the law and protecting human rights. CSIS is unique in its role as the Government of Canada’s principal advisor on national security.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    Correctional Service of Canada
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    Public Safety Canada
    Public Safety Canada (PS), formerly known as Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada (PSEPC), is Canada’s lead department for public safety. We build and implement national policies for emergency management and national security. We help ensure community safety by delivering crime prevention programs and developing federal policies for law enforcement and corrections.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    Royal Canadian Mounted Police
    The RCMP is Canada's national police service, providing law enforcement services in detachments across the country. This web site provides a summary of its major activities, Canada's most wanted, etc.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    Crime and Justice: Meeting the Challenge of the 21st Century, Vienna, Austria, 10-17 April 2000
    10th UN Congress on the Prevention of Crime and The Treatment of Offenders.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    Crime and Safety Reports
    The Overseas Security Advisory Council regularly releases crime and safety reports on various countries around the world for U.S. citizens and companies doing business abroad. Not a foreign or international source, but it may be of interest anyway. Sample reports issued in July 2008 include: Lesotho, Zambia, Mozambique, Argentina, Brazil, and Sierra Leone.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    Crime and Society : A Comparative Criminology Tour of the World
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    Crime, Criminal Justice, and Criminology in Post-Soviet Ukraine
    (NCJ 186166) introduces U.S. criminologists, criminal justice researchers, and other observers to the state of crime and justice in post-Soviet Ukraine with the goal of stimulating and facilitating research on international crime and justice issues and disseminating the results of that research to all levels of policymakers. July 2001. 113pp. (NIJ)
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, Affiliated with the United Nations (Heuni)
    HEUNI was established to promote the exchange of information on crime prevention and criminal justice among European countries. The frame of reference is given by the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme, which is formulated by the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. HEUNI seeks to achieve its objective in a variety of ways. The most important of these are:

  • organization of seminars and expert group meetings on topical crime prevention and criminal justice issues in Europe;
  • research;
  • collection and dissemination of information on crime prevention, crime trends and the operation of the criminal justice system; and
  • provision of technical assistance to European Governments.
    Among its current topics, within the framework of the United Nations Programme, are prison overcrowding, the position of the victim, domestic violence, international motor vehicle theft, the control of firearms, the computerization of criminal justice, and the United Nations surveys of crime trends and operations of criminal justice systems.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    European Police Coordinating Agency (EUROPOL)
    Wikipedia Entry
    On October 1, 1998, the European Union convention creating a European police coordinating agency (EUROPOL) came into force. EUROPOL's objectives are "...to improve the effectiveness and co-operation of... the Member States in preventing and combating terrorism, unlawful drug trafficking and other serious forms of international crime where there are factual indications that an organized criminal structure is involved and two or more Member States are affected." The web site includes links to annual reports, national police agencies, international organizations.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    Financial Action Task Force (GAFI)
    Wikipedia Entry
    The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an inter-governmental body whose purpose is the development and promotion of national and international policies to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. The FATF is therefore a 'policy-making body' created in 1989 that works to generate the necessary political will to bring about legislative and regulatory reforms in these areas. The FATF has published 40 + 9 Recommendations in order to meet this objective.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD)
    CICAD's core mission is to strengthen the human and institutional capabilities and harness the collective energy of its member states to reduce the production, trafficking and use and abuse of drugs in the Americas.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, Vancouver, Canada
    A joint initiative of the University of British Columbia, Simon Frasier University, and the Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy web site provides links to Internet resources relating to criminal law. Many of the Centre's papers and reports are now available in HTML format. Subjects of the papers range from aboriginal justice to sentencing and corrections. There are links to the other organizations that participate in the United Nations Online Crime and Justice Clearinghouse.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC), Montreal, Canada
    In its ongoing mission of the ICPC to assist cities and countries in reducing delinquency, violent crime and insecurity. In the coming months, ICPC will replace this web site with an up-graded version. The new site will showcase 100 examples of crime prevention practices and promising methodology with impressive results gleaned from around the world. It will also include special sections on Why Prevent Crime, and What is the ICPC.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO or Interpol)
    Since its inception in 1923, the aim of the International Criminal Police Organization - Interpol is "to ensure and promote the widest possible mutual assistance between all criminal police authorities, within the limits of the laws existing in its member countries and in the spirit of the Declaration of Human Rights".  The Interpol website contains pages on crime areas such as drug trafficking, human trafficking, stolen works of art, counterfeit payment cards, DNA profiling, criminal intelligence analysis etc., which are open to the public as well as "by invitation only" restricted access pages for law enforcement.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme (ISPAC), Milan, Italy
    Creating a Directory of Non-Governmental Organizations and Publications Database.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    Korean Institute of Criminology
    A public organization established under The Korean Institute of Criminology Act 1988 and financed by government appropriations and private research contracts.

  • To conduct scientific and comprehensive studies for the development of criminal justice policies through joint efforts by academicians and practitioners.
  • To contribute to public education through publication of the results of research projects.
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    Korean National Police Home Page
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime, San Jose, Costa Rica (ILANUD)
    The Institute's mission is to encourage and support the efforts that the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean make towards the development and strengthening of their justice administration systems, particularly in the field of criminal justice; work towards crime prevention; and exert action on social control mechanisms in order to contribute towards the prevalence of the rule of law, the observance of human rights, the maintenance of peace and the development of their peoples.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    Mexico Attorney General's Office
    In Spanish.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    National Police of Finland
    This is the english verison of the web page.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    Open Society Justice Initiative
    The Open Society Justice Initiative is an operational program of the Open Society Institute. This website gives details of work the Justice Initiative is engaged in including national criminal justice reform, international justice, freedom of information and expression, equality and citizenship, anti-corruption and legal capacity development. Work is also detailed by region and country and publications produced by the Justice Initiative can be downloaded in full.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    Policia Nacional Colombia
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    Policing in Central and Western Europe
    Comparing Firsthand Knowledge with Experience from the West
    Edited by: Milan Pagon, College of Police and Security Studies, Ljubljana, Slovenia, ©1996.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    Policing OnLine Information System (POLIS)
    Created by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, this database consolidates various aspects of policing within the 56 OSCE participating states into a comprehensive, multilingual resource, including country profiles, information about organized crime, and much more.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    Raoul Wallenberg Institute
    The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, is an academic institution, formed in 1984 at the University of Lund, Sweden, with the purpose of promoting research, training and academic education in the fields of human rights and humanitarian law. The objective is realized by establishing a research library maintaining a high international standard in public international law, as well as by initiating, developing and supporting other activities in these fields.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    Russian Federation
    Ok, this site is actually compiled by Charles L. Dreveskracht at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, but it does have extensive links to information about the Russian criminal justice system, police, and victims.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    Scandinavian Research Council for Criminology
    Headquarters are in Helsinki, Finland. Notes that the purpose of the Council is to advance criminological research and provide advice for the Scandinavian governments and the Nordic Council. Offers access to the newsletter, books, reports, and links to criminology related Web sites. Provides information about research and travel grants and contains an online grant application form. Describes the Council's conferences and seminars and includes information about upcoming events. Posts contact information via mailing address and telephone and fax numbers.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    Scotland Yard, From A to Y
    The web site for the New Scotland Yard includes links to news, history, educational programs, and crime prevention tips. The index begins with an alphabet, each letter of which provides links to additional topics. The history section contains a fascinating account of the history of fingerprint identification.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    South African Police Service
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    The State of South African Prisons (2014)
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    Swedish National Police
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    Tuebingen Institute of Criminology (Germany)
    The Tuebingen Institute of Criminology has recently fully revised and updated its Criminology and Criminal Justice Link List with links to German, European, International, EU, and UN sources, including content services to many journals in the field. Headings are in German and English.
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    United Kingdom
    Home Office
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    United Kingdom
    Crime and Victims Page
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    United Kingdom
    Research Development and Statistics Directorate
    A new web site, launched September 1, 1998, detailing Home Office research and statistical outputs on criminal justice issues, publications, and contact points. Subjects covered include crime, courts, police, drugs, fire, immigration, prisons and probation. There are also more than 60 publications downloadable in PDF format. Recent publications downloadable from the site include:

  • Home Office Research Study 185 - "Entry into the Criminal Justice System: a survey of police arrests and their outcomes"
  • Home Office Statistical Findings 76 - "The prison population in 1997 - a statistical review"
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    United Kingdom
    Ministry of Justice
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    United Nations African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFRI), Kampala, Uganda
    Additional access points include: P.O. Box 10590 Kampala - Uganda; Tel:+256(41)221119/285236;Tel:+256(41)222623 (Director); Fax:+256(41)222628; E-mail: unafri@starcom.co.ug
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    United Nations International Study on Firearm Regulation
    Provides information on the methodology of the study, data, and links to documents presented to the fifth and sixth sessions of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, including the survey instrument.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute
    UNICRI was first established in 1968 as the United Nations Social Defence Research Institute (UNSDRI) by Resolution 1086 B (XXXIX) of the Economic and Social Council that requested the Secretary-General to proceed with arrangements to strengthen the United Nations action in the prevention and control of both juvenile delinquency and adult criminality. The Institute has been located in Rome since its founding, thanks to a generous offer of host facilities by the Italian Government. Following an agreement signed in 1995 between the United Nations and the Italian Government, UNICRI's headquarters will be moved to Turin in a near future. Web site features a listing of reports available in the UNICRI Library and a World Directory of Criminological Resources.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
    Current initiatives include:
    (1) The Paris Pact : A partnership of more than 50 countries and international organizations aimed at combating Afghan opiates trafficking, consumption and related problems in the affected priority countries.
    (2) The StAR Initiative : By signaling to corrupt leaders that there will be no safe haven for stolen assets, StAR would constitute a formidable deterrent to corruption in developing countries.
    (3) UN.GIFT : The Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) aims to mobilize state and non-state actors to eradicate human trafficking
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    World Criminal Justice Library Electronic Network
    Very impressive collection of links compiled by librarians and CJ specialists. Provides sections on reference sources, statistics, links arranged by country, etc. Courtesy of Rutgers University.
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    World Criminological Directory
    The World Criminological Directory contains almost 500 institutes covering some 90 countries. A number of - in particular - developing countries, which do not have "criminological institutes", have nevertheless requested that some of their bodies, such as corrections services, forensic laboratories and training and rehabilitation services be included in the Directory. Hopefully, their inclusion will lead to the expansion of their criminological capacities. UNICRI is eager to assist in this endeavour.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    World Factbook of Criminal Justice Systems
    This fact book provides narrative descriptions of the criminal justice systems of 45 countries around the world.
    (Last checked 11/11/09)

    World Justice Information Network
    A library of international criminal justice articles, links and publications. The World Justice Information Network (WJIN) is an information gateway and research forum for the global community of criminal justice and legal professionals. Its mission is to facilitate discovery and dissemination of knowledge about crime, justice and the rule of law around the world.
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