“Colombia needs more than public force to end insecurity”: vice minister of the Interior

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Bogotá D.C.
17 Jul 2017
  • “Records of violence in the country make integral plans necessary to attack insecurity phenomena”, said Héctor Olimpo Espinosa.
  • “The public policy of Security and Coexistence cannot be limited to counteract consequences, but to attack the causes”, Stressed the high official.

Before the records of violence that gave the report 'Forensis 2016' of the Institute of Legal Medicine, Deputy Interior Minister Héctor Olimpo Espinosa Oliver, warned that only the implementation of comprehensive plans will allow the confrontation of the violence that now attack the country.

“Colombia needs more than public force to end the insecurity. The public policy of Security and Coexistence cannot be limited to counteract consequences; must attack the causes. It has been detected that the consumption of psychoactive substances is the great promoter of phenomena of violence in the country. We have been dealing only with the supply phenomenon, but so far nothing has been done to tackle the demand for these substances. It is not only with cameras, police motorcycles and more agents, as we will reduce the phenomena of insecurity”, said Espinosa Oliver.

The proposal that Espinosa will promote, from the Interior Ministry, to strengthen the security of Colombians is the creation of the Listening Centres  and Schools Guidance Centres as additional devices for social inclusion, where there are counselling, training and support services to Citizens of populations where the figures of insecurity are higher.

“It is demonstrated that only repressive plans do not work to attack security phenomena. We need to focus more efforts on controlling the demand for these substances. In addition to continuing to strengthen public forces, it is urgent to increase investment in prevention and mitigation policies. Only then will we ensure a positive impact on security indicators”. 

In the last report of Legal Medicine on violence in Colombia, it is established that the consumption of psychoactive substances (drugs and alcohol) has a significant impact on some phenomena of violence and at global level it has been determined that the relationship of consumption of these substances seriously influences the violence.

“Only a comprehensive security plan will allow us to tackle the causes of the problem and ensure a positive impact on security rates”, he concluded.

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