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OAS alert the Americas on Public Safety.

OAS will support hemispheric efforts to strengthen public safety

To have effective public policies, the countries of the region must have the capacity to collect, process, analyze, and disseminate information, especially in the area of security. Over the last five years, the countries of the Americas have experienced increasingly complex threats and challenges to the safety of their citizens. In an effort to collaborate with its member states and keep governments from developing their security policies in an isolated or limited fashion, the Organization of American States (OAS) recently created the Inter-American Observatory on Citizen Security http://www.alertamerica.org/ which, among other things, seeks to increase the base of knowledge about trends in criminal activity and the operation of justice systems in the region.

Currently, much of the information on criminal activity and violence in OAS member states comes from partial data, developed individually by particular state institutions. The police, public prosecutors, prisons, and courts present their reports with some regularity, but they use indicators that make international comparisons difficult. In order to strengthen the effort to create standardized indicators for all countries, the OAS…READ MORE HERE