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.
Joanna A. Watkins joined the World Bank in 2009 as a Program Coordinator for the Public Sector Performance Global Expert Team and is currently a Senior Public Sector Specialist in the Governance Global Practice.
William Dorotinsky is the Acting Director of the Governance and Public Sector Management Practice and Leader of the Public Sector Performance Global Expert Team of the World Bank.