Criminal Networks and Security Policies

Victor Manuel Sánchez Valdés

This article seeks to defend three fundamental ideas, the first of which is that, because criminal organizations have a complex architecture, the best way to model its internal structure or its relationship with other criminal organizations is through networks rather than through hierarchical diagrams; the second is that, from the network analysis, we can obtain relevant information for the design of public safety policies; and the third is that network analysis can help us build scenarios and is therefore a useful tool to make predictions on the behavior of one or more criminal organizations in certain cases. 

The paper is available below in both English and Spanish.

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