USAID urges to continue with “Mi País Seguro”, after success of strategy

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) expressed its support for the citizen security programs implemented by the Ministry of Interior and Police for the benefit and tranquility of the population.

During a meeting with Minister Jesús Vásquez Martínez, a delegation of the international organization presented the evaluation report of the Integral Strategy for Citizen Security “My Safe Country”.

Among the strengths referred to is the legal framework that protects the actions and the support given by President Luis Abinader.

The commissioners stated that the tool deserves a second version and advised to continue its implementation throughout the country, in order to magnify the fruits obtained by the end of 2023.

Meanwhile, the official thanked the entity for monitoring the implementation of the programs and said that it is very important for the country to evaluate the work and have a clear vision on the initiatives to be developed to improve in the battle against crime and common violence.

He emphasized that in the progress made against crime, the Usaid representatives have been great allies and collaborators for a DR with the best levels of citizen security.

Vásquez Martínez pointed out among the most important achievements, the articulation with the public prosecutor’s offices, the National Drug Control Directorate, the Police and other national security actors working in the same direction.

The report was presented by security consultants Ricardo Restrepo and Luis García, who were accompanied by Lynette Batista, director of the Justice and Security Project; Michel Amado, deputy director, and Mauricio Bastén, specialist in Citizen Security of the plan.

The minister was accompanied by deputy ministers Jesús Féliz, Ángela Jáquez, Norberto Gómez and Mercedes Pérez.

“Mi País Seguro” is strengthened by “De Vuelta al Barrio” and the training program for mediator leaders in conflict resolution, in which 4,000 leaders have already been certified and this year the projection is to exceed that number in addition to “Iluminando el país”, with the installation of LED lamps, to prevent crime.

Source: Presidencia.gob.do

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