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Loan to help Uruguay lower violent crime rate in Montevideo

Thursday, September 6th 2012 - 03:43 UTC
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Violent crime, some related to drugs consumption, has Uruguay’s public opinion scared Violent crime, some related to drugs consumption, has Uruguay’s public opinion scared

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$5 million load to help Uruguayan officials fund a program to lower the violent crime rate in the capital city of Montevideo.

The Integrated Local Management Program for Citizen Security will be used in three Montevideo police precincts in areas with the highest crime rates. If successful, it will be implemented nationwide.

The program provides funds to help the police solve crimes and help reintegrate at-risk young people into society.

“The program seeks to address not only the most immediate forms of violence but also their roots, through actions with a strong sense of social cohesion,” said Gustavo Béliz, IDB’s project team leader.

The program will train 750 police personnel in solving crimes and community policing strategies, with those doing the best having the chance to receive training abroad.

The program will also bolster a network of prevention programs aimed at reducing juvenile participation in crime, as it will offer support services for 680 juvenile offenders in the three police precincts.

The loan, which is for 25 years, will be complemented by 2.15 million dollars that will be raised locally.

Categories: Politics, Uruguay.

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  • vestias

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    Sep 06th, 2012 - 01:32 pm 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    Sounds like a good initiative, tough on the causes of crime and all that, pity Britain after the reshuffle is going the other way...

    Sep 06th, 2012 - 05:18 pm 0
  • ChrisR

    Mmm. I wonder how Pepe is going to square this with him becoming the biggest drug dealer in the country.

    Make no mistake, most of the crimes are committed by drug users addicted to the cheap 'paste' drugs emanating from guess where? YES, our southern cousins - Argentina.

    Sep 06th, 2012 - 07:25 pm 0
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