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General Secretariat
Secretariat for Multidimensional Security
Department of Public Security

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The Department of Public Security (DPS) is part of the OAS Secretariat for Multidimensional Security and was created with the purpose of designing and implementing programs that support, within the framework of human rights, the efforts of the OAS Member States to address threats to public security.

The DPS works with Member States to develop mechanisms to evaluate and strengthen their institutional capacity to deal with security threats. These efforts focus on the following areas: the strengthening of security legislation, the improvement of law enforcement coordination and practices, the prevention of crime and violence, victim assistance and the social reintegration of convicted criminals.

 The Department’s principal areas of focus are facilitating sharing among Member States of successful experiences of and best practices for combating crime and violence, fighting transnational organized crime, gang violence and the trafficking of firearms and persons and promoting public policies aimed at preventing crime and violence in the Americas. The Section for the Promotion of Security and Social Tolerance and Cooperation functions under the Department of Public Security and is comprised of the Vulnerable Populations and Crime Prevention Unit, the Arms Control and Anti-Mining Strategies Unit, and the Criminal Justice System Unit. The Section for Coordination and Cooperation also operates under DPS and is comprised of the Documentation, Information and Follow up, and Training Development Units.


Meeting of Ministers - MISPA

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With the support of the OAS member states, the General Secretariat has promoted the elaboration and consolidation of the ministerial process on public security, whose main body is the Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA), aiming to strengthen the dialogue between key stakeholders, to promote cooperation, to facilitate the exchange of experiences and promising practices, to foster technical assistance in preventing and combating crime, violence and insecurity.

This new institutional architecture is building on the five pillars adopted in the
Commitment to Public Security in the Americas adopted during MISPA I which took place in Mexico in 2008: 1) public security management; 2) prevention of crime, violence and insecurity; 3) police management; 4) citizen and community participation; 5) international cooperation. MISPA III will take place in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on November 17-18, 2011 and under the leadership of this Government, the agenda suggests orienting the dialogue towards the specific pillar of police management.

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Department Activities

Regional Conference on Homicide Data Quality
Tuesday, October 20 - World Statistics Day
DPS and UNODC begin collection cycle of the 2015 Crime Trends Survey
Third Conference of the States Party to the CIFTA
Washington, D.C, USA - May 14-15, 2012
Forum: Information: An Essential Tool in Public Security Management
Panama City, Panama- October 13-14, 2011

International Training Course: Criminal Information System
San Luis Potosí , Mexico- October 17-21, 2011

See past events

REGIONAL WORKSHOP Working towards the improvement of statistics on crime and citizen security. Read more

Selected Publications

Security Documents

PDF 2.4 MB

Security Documents
Vol II

PDF 1.5 MB

Security Documents
Vol I

PDF 1.9 MB

Public Security
in the Americas:
Challenges and



Prisons: Problems
and Challenges
for the Americas

PDF, 7.4 MB

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