E-book helps build resilient, secure and peaceful communitiesBy Dania Vargas Austryjak
Guide for prevention of violence and crime
In an effort to prevent violence and crime, the Mexican government jointly with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) elaborated an electronic book made up of a series of publications that describe Mexico’s experience on the subject. This book provides guides, and practices to help build resilient, secure and peaceful communities.
The e-book “Social Prevention of Violence and Crime” is available online to download for free and describes prevention programs already implemented and successfully working in Mexican cities. It is part of the goal of building stronger and more resilient communities that can counteract the pressures of crime and violence, which is one of the “Merida Initiative” goals discussed in the early years of the 2000s.
“It is an intellectual product that will benefit hundreds and hundreds of communities in México,” said USAID México Deputy Mission Director Margaret Enis Spears during an interview with American daily El Paso Times. “The e-book is an important bilateral effort between the two countries.”
Social Prevention of Violence and Crime is divided into several series which are in turn subdivided into different topics. For example: the Community police series, which includes the general description with goals and purposes; Manuals for instructors and participants; and last but not least, the Systematization of implementing community police in the municipality of Guadalupe, Nuevo León.
As stated by Fernando Muñoz, head of the Office of Prevention and Citizen Participation of the Mexican Secretariat of the Interior: “The e-book complements the National Social Prevention of Violence and Crime Program, or Pronapred, as part of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's security plan for the country”; a program focused on rebuilding Mexico's social structure.
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