El Salvador

Case study

Community Policing and Youth Violence Prevention Approaches and Implementation in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua

This case study analyzes the implementation of the community policing model in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Violence and street crime committed against and by young people are one of six principal threats to citizen security in Central America. Many factors have made it difficult for Central American governments to control youth violence. Community policing is designed to improve police-community relations by transitioning from repressive policing to a prevention model of policing. 


Caroline van den Berg


Edgardo Mosqueira

Edgardo Mosqueira is Senior Public Sector Management Specialist at the World Bank.  He served as Minister of the Presidency, Minister of Labor and high level public official in Peru, senior researcher at the Hernando de Soto’s Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD) and Dean of the Universidad


Rubeena Esmail-Arndt


Carlos Enrique Serrano Valentin

Financial executive with 30 years of experience in international and emerging markets, leading and working on teams focused on delivering banking and development products and services to clients in Spain, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas, particularly Latin America.


Francisco Marmolejo

Francisco Marmolejo is the World Bank’s Lead of its Global Solutions Group on Tertiary Education, and since July 2016 he also serves as the Lead Education Specialist for India, based in Delhi.


Omar S. Arias Diaz

Omar Arias is the Practice Lead Economist of the Social Protection and Labor Global Practice and Global Lead for skills at the World Bank.