Model Precinct Launched in Santa Ana
On January 23, U.S. Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte joined Salvadoran Minister of Justice and Public Security David Munguia Payes to launch El Salvador’s second U.S.-funded Model Precinct Program and Police Athletic League in Santa Ana.
The first Model Precinct Program, which was started in the city of Lourdes, Colon in 2009, has since helped to reduce violent crime in that city by more than 50%. As in Lourdes, the core of the new Santa Ana program is a modern law enforcement strategy known as Intelligence-Led Policing (ILP), which seeks to identify and eliminate the conditions that create opportunities for violent crime, while targeting enforcement efforts at the city’s most active offenders.
In addition to training and equipment to support the new ILP model, Santa Ana’s Model Precinct Program combines preventative efforts, including the Police Athletic League, plans for a new Youth Outreach Center, and the school-based Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program taught by local police, with punitive measures, such as improved detention facilities and new resources for PNC officers to improve the security situation.
During the ceremony, Ambassador Aponte announced a donation of $875,000 in police equipment, materials and training to the City of Santa Ana, and presented T-shirts to youth from the top two soccer teams in Santa Ana’s new Police Athletic League, which is expected to provide alternative police-supervised after-school athletic activities for 700 at-risk youth. She also visited the new detention facility that was recently constructed with USG funds, which will help to increase the safety and security of detained subjects pending judicial process.
The Santa Ana Model Precinct Program is a joint initiative involving the U.S. Department of State, the Salvadoran National Civil Police (PNC), the Director of Central Prisons, the Salvadoran Armed Forces and the Mayor’s Office of Santa Ana. In addition to Ambassador Aponte and Minister Munguia, the event was attended by PNC Director, Francisco Ramon Salinas; Director of Central Prisons, Nelson Rauda Portillo; the Governor of Santa Ana, Mario Jovel; and the Mayor of Santa Ana, Alfredo Joaquin Peñate.