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Symposium "Experiences and good practices of strategies in security and prevention of violence&


On March 28, the Symposium "Experiences and Good Practices of Strategies in Security and Prevention of Violence" was held, with the objective of developing an academic space for reflection and discussion on the importance of the implementation of public security policies based on evidence, sharing the results and lessons learned from public policy projects developed by institutions and organizations in Guatemala.

Sudents from the different cohorts of the Academy for Security Analysis, officials and members of civil society attended to the event.

This Symposium was developed within the framework of the regional project for the Academy for Security Analysis, which is implemented by John Jay College of Criminal Justice in partnership with the Central American University José Simeón Cañas, Rowan University and San Diego State University, with the support of the United States Agency for International Development, USAID.

At the opening of the event, the Deputy Director of USAID Guatemala, Anupama Rajarama, emphasized on the importance of the support of the initiatives related to the security issue.

Hung-En Sung, director of the Academy for Security Analysis said that with the help of AID missions, "we recruit and work with different institutions in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. These institutions include national police, prosecutors and public defenders, judges, municipal authorities and civil society groups to complete the training of 144 security and justice professionals. "

As part of the agenda, Joel Capellán, assistant professor at Rowan University in the United States of America, presented a keynote address on "Georeferencial Information Systems (GIS) as a tool for the analysis of crime." During his presentation, Capellán emphasized that through the use of geospatial evidence, the areas most affected by crime can be identified with the objective of developing specific strategies applied according to the type of crime for the prevention of violence.

Joel Capellán, Rowan University.

Subsequently, a panel of experts was held to share successful experiences, in the evaluation of violence prevention programs, from an academic perspective. In this panel participated José Martí Guilló, director of the Criminology Department of the Rafael Landívar University of Guatemala, Estuardo Gálvez, academic advisor of the Regional University of Guatemala and Laura Andrade, researcher at the Institute of Public Opinion of the José Simeón Cañas University in El Salvador.

The event was also attended by members of the Unit for Community Violence Prevention of the Ministry of the Interior, the Public Prosecutor's Office, the National Civil Police of Guatemala and the Teaching Institute for Sustainable Development (IEPADES), who presented the results and lessons learned from public policy projects implemented within the framework of the Academy.

The speakers and participants discussed issues related to pilot projects on public policies implemented in Guatemala and issues of security and justice.

The conversation "Reflections on the importance of evidence of public policies in Guatemala" was developed within the event, in charge of the Vice Minister of violence and crime prevention of the Ministry of the Interior, Axel Romero; the Director of Criminal Analysis of the Public Ministry, Ariel Guerra; the Deputy Director of the Crime Division of the National Civil Police (PNC); and the Director of the Teaching Institute for Sustainable Development (IEPADES), Carmen Rosa de León-Escribano.

Ariel Guerra, director of Criminalistics Analysis of the Public Ministry, highlighted the importance of these activities that allow and promote the strengthening of capacities and the dissemination of useful information for officials of the justice and security sector and in particular students of the Public Prosecutor's Office. been part of the 3 cohorts of the Academy for Security Analysis.

The National Civil Police of Guatemala participated in the first two cohorts and continue to develop applied research on the topics learned.

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