Police published manual to change “abusive” culture
SANTO DOMINGO. The National Police published yesterday the Manual of Police Proximity and ordered all the regional directors to immediately implement the manual “in an obligatory manner and to instruct all of the officers in command positions in their areas of responsibility.”
The Chief of the National Police, Manuel Castro Castillo, said that “this new philosophy of police work, should be within the framework of complete respect of the citizens’ rights, of his problems, of his worries, within a fair, courteous, and effective treatment.”
At the presentation of the document, which was begun at the Auditorium of the Educational Plaza at the Mauricio Baez Club, Castro Castillo said that this institution “would put aside the current model which is completely repressive, abusive and reactive.”
He pointed out that this way of thinking is due to the fact that “the same as other Latin American police, they were created during the development of the Cold War, a period which brought about the creation of political groups contrary to the governing regimes.”
According to Castro Castillo, among the measures that this manual will permit, are the identification of the number and characteristics of quadrants (areas for community police) that they need in the region; the identification of leaders; carrying out diagnostics regarding security problems; the identification of risk factors; the ability to establish priorities; to design a work plan; to design a roadmap of service; the organization and functions of officers; the solution of problems; the realization of adjusting police services to the reality of the population; to give assistance regarding safety and peaceful coexistence to the citizens; a program of prevention in the handling of gangs; a program of attention to commercial establishments; and the program of attention to victims of family and gender violence.
In addition the regional police commands are obliged to carry out measures of approaching the citizens as sources of citizen safety; monthly discussions of public safety; to work up monthly plans of citizen safety, both provincial and municipal; and to put into operation the Public Safety Community School, among other things.
March 9, 2015
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