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Secretariat for Multidimensional Security
Department of Public Security

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 Section to Promote Security and Harmonious Coexistence Section to Coordinate Cooperation MISPA Observatorio Hemisférico de Seguridad
OAS Webcast | Statement by H.E. Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary General OEA / Departamento de Seguridad Pública / Observatorio Interamericano de Seguridad

 

The Department of Public Security (DPS) and its dependencies and staff are under the direction, supervision, and control of the director of the DPS, who answers to the secretary for multidimensional security, in accordance with the legal system of the Organization.

The Department is composed of the following dependencies:


Section for Promotion of Security and Harmonious Coexistence

Based on analysis, research, and evaluation of the individual needs of the member states, this Section develops promotion and management proposals aimed at strengthening national institutional capacity to respond to specific manifestations of crime, organized crime, and violence and their impact, especially in connection with the key thematic areas referred to below:

  1. Unit for Populations at Risk and Crime Prevention

    a. Develops, promotes, and manages work plans aimed at strengthening the capacity of national institutions in the member states to design, implement, and evaluate public policies to prevent criminal behavior and violence.

    b. Prioritizes working with specific population groups (women, children, youth, and migrants), with an integral approach focusing on both rights and law enforcement, especially in connection with domestic violence, youth violence, trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants in keeping with the Migration and Development Program of the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development, with regard to the smuggling of migrants.

    c. Puts forward proposals for joint work with other dependencies of the General Secretariat and with governmental or nongovernmental, national or international organizations and assists with the activities needed to make them viable.

     
  2. Unit to Promote Arms Control and Humanitarian Mine Action

    a. Develops, promotes, and manages integral strategies designed to strengthen the institutional capacity of the member states to comply appropriately with their international commitments with respect to the handling and control of firearms and inhumane weapons and to foster ratification and implementation of international legal instruments in these matters.

    b. Supports and advises member states on the formulation and implementation of public policies aimed at combating the manufacturing and illicit trafficking of firearms, ammunition, and explosives by using tools to identify, track, handle, and destroy them.

    c. Provides technical assistance with the implementation of measures designed to strengthen security with regard to the storage of arms and ammunition and ensuring that they are handled in accordance with international standards.

    d. Provides support and technical advice, through the Program for Comprehensive Action against Antipersonnel Mines (AICMA), to member states that request them, in the area of humanitarian action against mines, both in the design and implementation of public policies and at the operational level through supervision and monitoring activities carried out in cooperation with the Inter-American Defense Board. Actions so far focused on demining and education regarding the risks involved.

    e. Promotes coordination and joint efforts with other dependencies of the General Secretariat to assist the populations affected by mind clearance and land remediation, to contribute to the physical and psychological rehabilitation of mine victims, and to provide them with assistance for skills development.

     

  3. Criminal Justice Unit

    a. Analyzes models of effective administration of justice and puts forward proposals for strengthening the institutional capacity of member states in this area.

    b. Accords special priority to promotion of prison and penitentiary policies, as well as to the design and implementation of methodologies for evaluating policies aimed at the reintegration into society of former convicts.

    c. Develops comprehensive work plans with the participation of legislative and justice administration bodies and their respective authorities, with a view to assisting member states with the design and implementation of effective public policies for the administration of justice.

     


Section for Coordinationg Cooperation

Designs the tools needed to facilitate the development of institutional capacity to assess, prevent, confront, and respond to threats to public security, based on guidelines set by the political organs of the Organization and the principles of aid effectiveness, as well as on the specific characteristics of the member states or any subregional needs that may be identified. To fulfill that function, the Section draws on the analytical criteria furnished by the Section for the Promotion of Security and Harmonious Coexistence and on the technical and academic resources at its disposal. The primary focus of its work will be on the following areas:

  1. Documentation, Information, and Follow-up Unit

    a. In coordination with the other dependencies of the SMS, the GS/OAS, and national or international, governmental and nongovernmental institutions, this Unit helps gather, systematize, analyze, and evaluate data that might prove useful for institution-building in member states in the area of public security.

    b. Helps build and administer the platform and network for sharing best practices that the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security relies on to meet its objective of promoting and coordinating cooperation, among member states and between them and the inter-American system and other bodies in the international system, aimed at assessing, preventing, confronting, and responding to threats to public security.

    c. Supports and cooperates with the efforts of national or international institutions to strengthen their own systems for gathering, systematizing, and analyzing data and to facilitate their use in the design, implementation, and evaluation of public policies.

     

  2.  Capacity Building Unit

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    Based on the coordination of its activities with other dependencies of the SMS, the GS/OAS, and national or international, governmental and nongovernmental institutions, and based on contributions from the Section for the Promotion of Security and Harmonious Coexistence and the Documentation, Information, and Follow-up Unit, this Unit helps design, promote, and execute educational and training programs aimed at building and strengthening the institutional capacity of the member states with regard to public security.

    b. The cooperation and technical assistance programs are primarily designed to attend, with an approach tailored to the specific needs of the member states in matters relating to crime prevention, criminal behavior, citizen insecurity, and violence, trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants; the control and handling of firearms, ammunition, and explosives; demining and education regarding the risks involved; effective administration of criminal justice; and the design, implementation, and evaluation of public policies for public security and police management.

 

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