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Ministry of the Interior and Justice to create National Plan for Safety and Crime Prevention

Edwin Rojas, National Director of the Office of Crime Prevention, said that in response to the demands of the Venezuelan people, particularly from those in low-income areas, it has become necessary to make the country peaceful.  “That is why the Ministry of People’s Power for the Interior and Justice (MIJ), under guidelines set by President Hugo Chávez Frías and Interior Minister Tareck El Aissami, is designing a National Plan for Citizen Safety and Crime Prevention.,” he said.

These declarations were made by Rojas at the Rómulo Gallegos Latin American Studies Center (Celarg) during an event marking the 39th anniversary of the MIJ’s Office of Crime Prevention, the office he directs.

Rojas explained that this plan will not only fight crime from a judicial point of view, but it will also aim for the roots of the problem given that the point is not just a few months of peace during the time of increased police presence.

“We want sustainable peace in the long run, that is why the focus on prevention is so important,” he stressed.

Rojas also indicated that on this anniversary, his office is going to reapply the three R’s: Review, Rectification and Reinvigoration.  These three R’s will be applied to working hand in hand with communities and community councils through citizen safety and prevention committees that each community council should create.  These committees will hold police accountable, as well as deal with the roots of crime and help restore confidence in institutions.

“Beyond this anniversary is a process of reflection and redesign of crime prevention plans to guarantee the safety of the Venezuelan people,” he affirmed.

Radio Nacional de Venezuela, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / March 11, 2009

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