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In many countries, corruption renders police forces far less effective than their numbers alone would otherwise suggest. Experience of law enforcement in most countries reveals that its seldom strength in numbers that influences their effectiveness; more often, it is the professionalism and the effective organization of the work of the police themselves as well as the trust their societies have in them that determines their success.

  • Mexico crime and justice statistics provide a useful case study. Pervasive corruption and one of the highest homicide rates in the world make it difficult for Mexico's large police force to cope with its duties.
  • In contrast, many developed European countries generally employ fewer police officers than in other countries and yet boast lower homicide rates. 
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