The program supports the reforms of the National Police focusing on institutional integrity: reform of the police education system, community policing and effective control systems for personnel. In the Gulf of Fonseca and the Mosquitia, justice and security sector actors, local governments, civil society, private sector and indigenous populations strengthen their cooperation and jointly implement local and regional violence prevention strategies.
Conflict & fragility
Legal and judicial development
Security system management and reform
- Security Ministry, National Police, Public Prosecutors and District Judges;
- Local governments and local branches of the National Women’s Institute;
- Honduras citizens, in particular in the regions R13 and R10.
- Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces
|Background||Some progress has been realized in reforming the National Police over the last years. Basic police education has been modernized with more thorough selection criteria for recruits, a new police school and longer training periods based on revised curricula which integrate aspects of human rights. The work of the special national vetting commission has led to the dismissal of over 5000 police officers in an effort to fight corruption within the police. The creation of a community policing philosophy lies part of the groundwork to recover citizens’ trust in the police. Challenges persist however: Overall institutional integrity and effectiveness needs to be strengthened. Strategic and operational management are not sufficiently linked. The community policing model still requires strengthening and support for application at a nation-wide level. The police education system requires further reforms for mid- to high-level officers as well as regards continuous education. Excessive use of force by police officers, in particular when confronting demonstrations, is a recurrent issue. The communication and cooperation between the Police and other actors along the chain of justice needs to be improved to reduce impunity. At territorial level, cooperation among local governments, justice and security actors, private sector and civil society needs to be institutionalized to strengthen prevention of violence.|
|Objectives||The citizens of Honduras in general, and in particular in the regions of the Gulf of Fonseca and the Mosquitia, lead safer and more secure lives.|
Outcome 1: The Security Ministry and the National Police, in cooperation with the justice and security system, increase their institutional integrity and effectiveness, with a framework of human rights and meritocracy.
Outcome 2: The municipal and regional authorities, along with justice and security operators, civil society and the local private sector, effectively implement a concerted system of violence prevention, security and justice in the Region 13 Gulf of Fonseca, applying a comprehensive approach to human rights, gender and institutional integrity.
Outcome 3: The authorities and justice and security operators of the Region 10, the Mosquitia, together with civil society, have on hand and implement concerted mechanisms for security and prevention of criminality and violence, as well as mechanisms for effective justice which take into account the rights, culture and customs of the indigenous and afro descendent population.
Expected results: The National Police has a functional stratgic and operational change management system. Curricula for Police Education both for mid- and upper level police officers as well as for continuous training are modernized and integrate best practices on integrity, human rights and gender. The community policing philosophy is applied in the Gulf of Fonseca and the Mosquitia. Both regions posses Local Security Plans. Strategic infrastructure of security and justice sector actors is improved (e.g. training facilities, special attention centers for violence victims, mobile mortuaries).
Results from previous phases: The Security Ministry and the National Police have embarked on a series of large institutional reforms: i) systems for longer-term strategic planning have been designed; ii) the training of entry level police officers has been extended from 3 to 11 months and is based on a modernized curriculum which includes aspects of respect for human rights and community policing; iii) over 4000 new police officers have been formed under this new system so far; iv) the criminal investigation police has been reorganized and disposes of new and better trained personnel and better equipment; iv) a community policing model has been developed; v) as part of a larger donor support to fight corruption with the police, the vetting of the entire police force by a special commission has led to the dismissal of 5000 police officers and vi) the sectoral donor coordination group on security, justice and human rights has been strengthened and increased harmonization on reform support.
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International or foreign NGO
Other International Organization
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Synergies with programs/contributions of SDC: ProJoven, Strengthening of Human Rights and Social Auditing, Transformative empowerment with a psychosocial approach, DEIT R13GF and R10, UNHCHR
Synergies with third party programs: IDB – Program for Coexistence; US – INL - support to the National Police; USAID – Community Policing; Japan –Community Policing
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 8'500'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 5'423'834|
|Project phases||Phase 1 01.09.2018 - 31.08.2022 (Current phase)|