Ms. Chinchilla’s plan for crusade to last 10 years

President Laura Chinchilla Monday outlined an abstract, 10-year plan she called a “crusade for the most fundamental rights with respect to life, physical integrity and peace.” However, there were no concrete calls for new laws and just a brief mention of new prisons.

The president presented the proposal in conjunction with the Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo, which conducted months of extensive interviews and meetings with many types of citizen groups.

A quick outline, according to Casa Presidencial, would be the urgent professionalization of the Fuerza Pública, involvement of local governments in stopping crime and violence, mechanisms for control of corruption, effective intervention against violence toward women as well as immediate actions to return youngsters permanently to the educational system.

The proposal is called the Política Integral y Sostenible de Seguridad Ciudadana y Promoción de
la Paz Social, which translated to an integrated and sustainable policy of citizen security and promotion of the social peace.

Also proposed was the creation of a national system of prevention, attention and recuperation for addicts, the application of specialized technology to control high-risk zones and assigning more resources to investigate and control organized crime.

Ms. Chinchilla said she was forming a working group to determine the actions suggested by the plan, which would endure long after her administration ends.

Ms. Chinchilla also said that many of the suggestions of the proposal already are underway and included in the national development plan. These include putting 1,000 new police officers on the streets, identification of 32 hectares for a new police academy, the dismemberment of 120 criminal drug organizations and the creation of a frontier police which will be ready in March.

A more complete article will appear in the Tuesday newspaper. An earlier story is below.

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