Security Policy

Security Policy

  • Murderous Day A Reality Check for El Salvador Government

    30 people were killed in just 24 hours in El Salvador

    The killing of dozens in El Salvador in a single day, despite government claims that a hardline policy against violent gangs is working, shows these criminal groups maintain their lethal power, and may signal a resurgence of spiking violence in the country.

  • From Chile to Mexico: Best and Worst of LatAm Police

    Police in Latin America have greatly varied reputations

    An embezzlement network uncovered within Chile's prized police shows that corruption can corrode even the most trusted of Latin America's security institutions. InSight Crime puts together a selection of some of the region's best -- and worst -- police forces.

  • Mexico Defense Secretary Walks Back Criticism of Militarization

    Mexico Defense Secretary Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda

    Mexico's top military official says that soldiers will remain in the streets to fight organized crime, a seeming departure from earlier comments condemning militarization as a strategy, and a signal that the country remains far from setting aside this failing policy.

  • Are US Anti-Crime Programs in Central America Working?

    The State Department and USAID manage most of CARSI's funding

    Over the past several years, the United States has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on crime and violence prevention programs in Central America, with few evaluations of the impact of this investment. But one hotly debated study highlights the challenges of measuring security assistance outcomes, as well as the need for a greater body of analysis about the efficacy of such initiatives.

  • Report Highlights Continued Growth in LatAm Drug Consumption

    Cover image of INCB report

    The latest annual report from the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) describes a continuing trend of growing drug use in the Americas, and encourages countries to seek "non-punitive" solutions for dealing with this issue.

  • Can Damage Control by US Officials Salvage Security Relations with Mexico?

    US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

    The US Secretaries of State and Homeland Security visited Mexico in what appears to be an attempt to ease tensions between the two countries, but statements contradicting earlier US presidential comments do not bode well for future security cooperation.

  • New Statistics Highlight Mexico's Deteriorating Security Situation

    Forensic experts examine a body on a beach

    Mexico's latest official homicide figures indicate a significant increase in murders, a trend likely related in large part to shifting criminal dynamics in the country.

  • Almost 500 Military Deaths Since Start of Mexico's Drug War

    Nearly 500 military personnel have died since 2006

    Mexico's defense secretary says nearly 500 military personnel have been killed since the start of the country's drug war a decade ago, an alarmingly high figure that nonetheless pales in comparison to the huge number of civilian casualties over the same period. 

  • Rio de Janeiro Budget Crisis Heightens Security Concerns for Carnival

    Brazil Military Police in Rio de Janeiro

    Brazil's deployment of thousands of military police to Rio de Janeiro ahead of Carnival, amid fears of police strikes linked to a budget crisis and a security plan that recycles flawed policies, raises concerns about security for the event.

  • Report Highlights Disproportionate Costs of Crime in LatAm

    The cost of crime in the region is equivalent to the money spent on infrastructure

    A report by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on the costs of crime and violence in Latin America and the Caribbean shows that while the region has recently made progress in some economic and social development indicators, the costs of the alarming security conditions in some countries are still disproportionately high.