The Colombian national police and the politics of crime control evaluations

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The Colombian National Police inaugurated a comprehensive operational model in 2010. Informed by evidence-based law enforcement models from the Global North, the MNVCC, or the National Quadrant Policing Model, integrates core features of procedural justice, hotspots, problem-oriented and community policing strategies. Just under a decade old, empirical assessments of the model’s impact vary in quality and availability. While the Colombian National Police presents the model as a successful intervention, there is little consensus on the degree to which the MNVCC has affected crime rates or perceptions of insecurity. The core purpose of this paper is to offer insight into the political factors that enable this contradictory narrative. Relying on privileged access to high-level administrators inside the Colombian National Police and other institutions, this study explains how structural features of official crime data—with political incentives specific to the Colombian context—provide the basis for contradicting claims surrounding the MNVCC’s impact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-32
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


  • Abstract empiricism
  • Colombian National Police
  • Comparative criminal justice
  • Global South policing
  • Politics of crime control


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