Improving Citizen Security Session

Release Date: June 16, 2017 Citizens deserve the right to live free of violence, and free of the threat of violence in times of peace. With this in mind, this afternoon featured a session on improving public safety in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Panelists discussed this topic in the context of regional security and cooperation, building upon earlier discussions about combating organized crime and transnational criminal networks and enhancing border security. USAID noted that violence concentrates geographically and demographically due to common root causes like social exclusion, poverty, and unemployment.  USAID recommended treating violence the same as public health—by targeting key drivers and root causes.  Law enforcement was also identified as a key to reducing violence, which is why strategies to professionalize police forces and root out corruption were a frequent topic of conversation, as was community policing.  Delegates...

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