Police in Chile are highly regarded by the community (photo:dpa)

Citizen security: Police reform in South America aims to make forces accountable, organised and responsive

A process of continuous reform of police forces is taking place throughout South America. This aims to reassure people who fear crime and violence and to bring the police into the modern world with technology, modern equipment and answerable to democratic governments. GIS guest expert Dr Lucia Dammert analyses the issues.

POLICE forces in South American countries have undergone constant reform over the last 20 years but fear of crime and violence remains high on the public agenda and among the concerns of most people.

Latin American countries make up 10 of the top 20 countries with the highest murder rates in the world according to the 2011United Nations Office on Drugs a...

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Dr. Lucia Dammert
Democracy brought a focus on reform in the military and the police, which needed to have less autonomy, more civilian leadership, accountability and transparency
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