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What is Organized Crime

Developing Next-Generation Countermeasures for Homeland Security Threat Prevention
A category of crime that is a highly consolidated operation run by criminals who engage in illegal activities for profit and notoriety.
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Transnational Crime and the American Policing System
Starlett Michele Martin (Walden University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0703-1.ch004
The 21st century US can be characterized as a period of globalization, during which countries have become increasingly interconnected. However, since the 9-11 terrorist attacks on US soil—unease about the possibility of subsequent attacks and other transnational crimes has become ever more prevalent. While traditional security agencies, such as the FBI and CIA, have changed since this phenomenon, US police have been forced to assume a greater share of the responsibility as part of a comprehensive homeland-security framework. Consequently, through an in-depth descriptive analysis of transnational crime and the strategies and methods police agencies presently have at their disposal to combat it, one can determine if US police have the tools needed to handle this salient issue. Thus, recommendations can be made of ways to improve the efficacy of US policing agencies in the pursuit of their homeland-security directives, and moreover, methods of implementing these recommendations can be devised.
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Crisis Management Challenges
A complex of highly centralized groups created to carry out illegal activities. Such groups engage in theft, fraud, robbery, kidnapping for ransom and demanding “protection” payments.
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Organized Crime as One of the Main Reflections of Terrorism in the Modern World
A category of transnational, national, or local groupings of highly centralized enterprises run by criminals to engage in illegal activity, most commonly for profit. While organized crime is generally thought of as a form of illegal business, some criminal organizations, such as terrorist groups, rebel forces, and separatists, are politically motivated. Sometimes criminal organizations force people to do business with them, such as when a gang extorts money from shopkeepers for “protection.”
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Forced Migrations and the Risk of Human Trafficking
A group of people (more than two), with strong structure and organization, involved in serious criminal activities for substantial profit and/or power.
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Systematic Violence of Organized Crime in México: Consequences for Personal Development in Youth's Narrative
Type of crime that is characterized because three or more people are organized to perform repeated or permanent behaviors that help the performance of other crimes. Organized crime is characterized by its trans nationality, its linking with the state, its hierarchical structure, the fight for territories, its specialty, and the use of systematic violence as a medium.
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