Press Releases 2012
Assistant Secretary William R. Brownfield Announces New Programs to Improve Security
March 26, 2012
TEGUCIGALPA — During a March 25-26 visit, Assistant Secretary William R. Brownfield —who heads the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs— is inaugurating programs and donating equipment that demonstrate U.S. commitments to provide concrete resources to improve security in Honduras. Through these initiatives, designed to address both violence prevention and law enforcement, the U.S. will contribute to building a vital base of trust between citizens and police, and to help establish alternatives to criminal activities.
- Anti-Gang Program: Brownfield announces the donation of more than 2 million dollars to fund anti-gang programs through the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI). U.S. Anti-Gang Programs help improve security using community policing techniques, and include vocational training for young people to improve job opportunities, enabling them to give back to their communities and to stay away from crime.
- Model Precinct Program: The U.S. is proud to launch a Model Precinct Program (MPP) in Tegucigalpa's San Miguel neighborhood. The MPP community police program aims to reduce crime and improve citizens' relations with police through a complete overhaul of the operations and policing approach of the police station. The MPP includes random vetting of all officers assigned to the MPP, organizational transformation of police station management, specialized training for personnel, modernization of infrastructure, and victim-support for citizens in the community. The U.S. is also donating to the Honduran government 30 new motorcycles valued at more than $229,000 —many of which will be used at the model precinct. This program could in the future be expanded to trigger lasting change in communities throughout Honduras.
- Model Prison Program: The model prison based at Tamara Prison Complex outside Tegucigalpa will allow us to work closely with trusted Honduran counterparts to train staff, institutionalize standard operating procedures, and address common safety hazards respecting all international standards. Before the Model Prison program starts, a memorandum of understanding will be negotiated and signed by both partners outlining their respective commitments to the pilot project.
- Expanded Prevention Programs: The U.S. government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Honduran Social Investment Fund (FHIS) and non-Governmental Organizations are using CARSI funds to build Community Outreach Centers to provide youth with vocational training, job banks, and other self-enhancement activities. Brownfield is visiting the Nueva Suyapa Outreach Center, one of 25 such centers that are already contributing to safer communities and teaching job skills including English. Brownfield is also inaugurating a new computer lab, donated by the U.S. through USAID's METAS program, at the San Martin public technical high school. They will serve the Workforce Development Certificate program, which provides training and certification in basic work skills.