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. 


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Rubeena Esmail-Arndt


Alexandria Valerio

Alexandria Valerio is a lead education specialist in the Education Global Practice at the World Bank Group. She is currently a member of World Development Report 2018, which focuses on Education.


William F. Maloney

William F. Maloney is Chief Economist for Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions in the World Bank Group. Previously he was Chief Economist for Trade and Competitiveness and Global Lead on Innovation and Productivity.


Meera Shekar

Meera Shekar is Global Lead for nutrition with the World Bank’s Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice, building the World Bank’s nutrition portfolio under the “Investing in the Early Years” initiative.


Michele Gragnolati

Michele Gragnolati joined the World Bank as a Young Professional in 1998 and since 2000, he served first as an economist with the Health sector in Latin America and South Asia, and later as Human Development Sector Leader for the Western Balkans in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and for Brazil i


Niels B. Holm-Nielsen

Niels Holm-Nielsen is Regional Coordinator for Disaster Risk Management in Latin America and the Caribbean for the World Bank. Niels joined the Latin America group as a Disaster Risk Management specialist in 2008 from MENA.