Parana Seguro Programme

A partnership between the IDB and UNODC

Paraná Seguro Programme aims to contribute to the reduction of violent crime rates among young people aged 15 to 24, located in 27 (twenty-seven) municipalities of Paraná, previously chosen by the state government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) due to the concentration of situations of social vulnerability, exposure to violence in general and, particularly, lethal victimization.

To this end, Paraná Seguro provides an integrated approach to the risk factors that underlie the practice of violent crimes, especially lethal ones, through the geographical and population focus of its interventions, combining investments in social prevention and situational violence (public policies of security and justice) at the level of guaranteeing, protecting and promoting rights, with those aimed at the control and qualified repression of crime (public security and criminal justice policies) in terms of police effectiveness and improving the performance of social control institutions.

The aim of the programme is to improve the integration of at-risk youth into the education system and the labour market; increase police effectiveness, especially with regard to new buildings or infrastructure improvements of the Military Police, Civil Police and Fire Department facilities in prioritized locations; reduce the recurrence rate of young people in conflict with the law; and also improve the articulation of violence prevention and crime control services, particularly with the social segment of youth.

In these terms, based on the understanding between IDB and the State of Paraná, UNODC seeks to identify and analyse the internal and external social control mechanisms of the state  strategy of the community policing or proximity adopted in the areas focused by the programme, with a view to determining, ultimately, the respect for constitutional and legal guidelines as well as compliance with international standards governing the legitimate use exercise of force, based on, among other instruments, the Compliance Index of Law Enforcement (ICAP) designed by UNODC, which is already being implemented in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, in the context of the Opportunities and Rights Programme, also financed by the IDB.