UNODC supports project to reduce crime rates in RS

Porto Alegre,  26 July, 2019 - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) held a meeting this Friday (26) with the government of Rio Grande do Sul to present the progress of its consultancy work carried out by the UN office in monitoring the use of force in the state. The initiative is carried out within the scope of the Opportunities and Rights Programme (POD, by its acronym in Portuguese), co-financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

The meeting was held between the UNODC Senior Programme Analyst, Eduardo Pazinato, and  the Rio Grande do Sul deputy governor and secretary of public security, Ranolfo Vieira Júnior. 

Pazinato highlighted the strategic importance of the State Observatory on Public Security, implemented in 2018, with the technical support of UNODC, and shared the advances in the use of the Police Activity Compliance Index (ICAP), designed and developed by UNODC, to assess the strategy of community policing activities in the cities of Alvorada, Porto Alegre and Viamão. 

the state secretary of public security commended the partnership with the UN Office and emphasised the importance of extending it for another year, together with the IDB financing agreement addendum which should also be renewed by the end of 2020.

Pazinato and Ranolfo also  discussed the relevance of the State Programme "Safe Rio Grande do Sul", headed by the vice governor's office, which has been gathering efforts within the scope of public security policies that focus on the control and qualified repression of violent crime in 18 municipalities of  the Rio Grande do Sul State,  as in the social prevention of violence and the promotion of rights, particularly for marginal young adults who live  in the territories covered by the programme.

Opportunities and Rights Programme (POD)

POD is a partnership between IDB, the State of Rio Grande do Sul and UNODC. Through it,  the state has committed itself to implement policies aimed at reducing violent crime rates among young people aged 15-24 in the cities of Alvorada, Porto Alegre and Viamão, through an integrated approach between risk factors and focuses of geographic and population interventions.

Within the POD UNODC agrees to verify, in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, the proper functioning of internal and social controls of its police forces.

By investing in education, sport, culture, entrepreneurship, public safety and social-educational care, the POD  is an innovative and comprehensive public policy that targets the creation  of opportunities for young people and the improvement of their living conditions within their communities. 

At the six Youth Centres the goal  is to serve 3,600 young people aged 15-24 each year, offering them professional qualification and leisure activities. In the communities being served, the implementation of the community policing programme promotes the approach of the police force with residents, thus offering more security to living spaces. For  young people offenders who  are subject to socio-educational measures, and their families, in addition to ensuring a modern and qualified care, the programme promotes social reintegration and a future with more opportunities.

Police Activity Compliance Index (ICAP)

ICAP was conceived by UNODC, with the technical support of Sphinx Brazil's qualitative and quantitative data analysis system (IQ2), made up from 27 indicators, grouped into three dimensions: information management and networking with government agencies of internal and external control; transparency and public control of data and information, and administrative and pre-procedural processing.

The Index also had the previous validation of the State Observatory of Public Security, linked to SSP / RS (State Public Security Secretariat of Rio Grande do Sul), under the leadership of Major Roberto dos Santos Donato.


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