The goal of the new program is to contribute to the reduction of homicides and assaults through an improvement in police effectiveness to prevent crime in prioritized districts. /  Fuerza Publica courtesy photo.
-Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2019-

Government to invest $100 million in citizen security with loan from Inter-American Development Bank

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff and wire services

The Inter-American Development Bank, know as IDB announced a new $100 million loan to the Costa Rican government. The government intends to implement a citizen security and violence prevention program.

According to the Inter – American Bank, the loan has a 25-year term, a grace period of five and a half years, and an interest rate based on LIBOR.

"The country has been implementing a consistent approach to comprehensive and preventive citizen security. Since 2012, with the assistance of the bank, the Program for the Prevention of Violence and Promotion of Social Inclusion was created. This program contributed to the improvement of police infrastructure and the creation of the first seven Civic Centers for Peace," said the bank in its statement.

The new program will continue to support the modernization of police infrastructure and expand civic centers to eight new communities. In addition, it will incorporate improvements in the technological capacity of the preventive police. The entire program is focused on supporting the "Bridge to Prevention”, which is the axis of citizen security of the governmental Bicentennial Social Plan.

The goal of the new program is to contribute to the reduction of homicides and assaults through an improvement in police effectiveness to prevent crime in prioritized districts. A 10 percent reduction in homicides and assaults is sought in the 40 districts most affected by these crimes. Additionally, eight new Civic Centers for Peace will be built and are expected to support the prevention of criminal behavior among young people between 12 and 17 years of age.

The program will also finance a computer system that allows the interoperability of the DATAPOL System with other police platforms to prevent crime. The geo-referencing capacity of the police will also be strengthened to include mobile devices for registering criminal acts and preparing incidents, among other applications.

In addition, police personnel will be offered an update on criminal analysis techniques, monitoring, and strategies to improve police legitimacy and dealing with a gender, diversity and inclusion approach, as well as involvement and communication activities with citizens and municipal governments. This will accompany the construction of new police delegations in the districts most affected by crime in each of the seven provinces of the country.

In the area of social prevention of violence, it will seek to prevent the onset of criminal behavior of children and adolescents vulnerable to violence in districts with concentrated disadvantages. This will include updating and strengthening the prevention model of the Civic Centers for Peace, with special emphasis on their evidence-based interventions with recreational, training, and preventive activities. The prevention of violence against women will also be addressed early through actions to promote positive masculinity.

The new program also provides for the monitoring of socio-environmental management. In that sense, the buildings included in the program (police facilities and civic centers) will maintain the technical specifications and construction methodologies initiated with the previous program and will be focused on mitigating the negative effects of climate change.

The beneficiaries of the program will be the citizens of the 40 districts of the country most affected by homicides and assaults in the country. Also, the girls, boys, and adolescents who participate in the activities organized by the centers of the 15 districts where the Civic Centers for Peace will be located.

The Inter-American Development Bank was established in 1959, as a source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. More information on Bank loans programs can be found at the bank site here.*

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