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.