After several weeks of negotiations, the Government of President Gabriel Boric presented the “road map” with a series of measures that emanated from the security agreement signed by the parties without the support of Chile Vamos, who withdrew from the talks after the 13 pardons granted by the President.
The document presented by the Executive to combat the current security situation in the country, called “Transversal Commitment to Security”, focuses on crime prevention and care for victims; control, persecution and sanction; and institutions and police.
“The Government of Chile has worked with the political forces, their parliamentarians, the associations of municipalities and regional governors in the preparation of an agenda of security measures to respond to this heartfelt citizen priority,” La Moneda said in a statement. .
On the other hand, the Executive sent a message to the different opposition parties that were not about to rejoin the security table talks. This, after the pardons granted by President Boric to 12 convicted of crimes in the framework of the social outbreak and to the ex-frontist Jorge Mateluna.
“The legitimate debates of democracy cannot be translated into postponing urgent decisions that the country must take, nor lead to a climate of confrontation and recriminations that prevents progress with serious and evidence-based responses, to prevent crime, confront it decisively and reverse the climate of insecurity that affects us,” said the Executive.
“For this reason, overcoming differences, we will promote a set of legal and public policy initiatives that will mean a significant leap in the country’s capacities in the matter. The Government of Chile is committed to this agenda and invites the various actors to enrich it and subscribe to it “, he added.
Crime prevention and victim care
This part of the Transversal Commitment to Security places emphasis on children and adolescents, whose life circumstances “may lead to a criminal career.”
“School dropout and failure, the context of abuse and family violence, the absence of positive leadership, the lack of healthy alternatives for free time and the lack of opportunities are triggers for these processes,” they pointed out from the Executive.
To avoid this, it will extend the “Lazos Program” to 95 communes (it covered 56) over the next three years. “This program is evaluated as the best public policy in terms of prevention with children and adolescents,” they state.
“Advance will be made towards a shared function between the three levels of Government, ensuring its consistency through the policy guidelines and technical standards established by the Ministry of the Interior and, in the future, by the Ministry of Security,” they detailed.
Likewise, the agreement contemplates a work in the recovery of public spaces, recognition, prevention and response to intrafamily violence, and an indication to the bill that creates the Victim Attention Service.
Regarding control, the agreement contemplates an increase in the penalty for people who are caught carrying weapons without the corresponding permits. “Put the bill presented with great urgency during March 2023,” says the Government.
Likewise, it will seek to improve the control and inspection of firearms and ammunition by increasing coverage and incorporating “risk models that allow resources to be focused on the inspection of groups and territories most vulnerable to the diversion of weapons”.
Regarding border control, identity control will be enabled for people who are located in border areas and routes, excluding urban centers, incorporating the possibility of registering clothing and luggage. The Executive is expected to present the project in June 2023.
Regarding critical infrastructure, a decree will be issued in February 2023 that will regulate the powers of the Armed Forces for the protection of border areas, “in this way the Armed Forces will be able to carry out identity checks, search people and arrest with the sole purpose of making it available to the police”.
For human trafficking and trafficking, they will present a bill that provides better tools for the prosecution of this type of crime, such as the entry of an “Anti-Coyotes Law” to extend the detention of suspects through various means when there are cases of human trafficking.
Prosecution and punishment of crimes
Regarding the prosecution and punishment of crimes, the Government explained that they will continue to promote the organized crime project that is in the Senate. In addition, in 2023, it will present a complementary bill that allows banking secrecy to be lifted when there is suspicion of this type of crime. Regarding the illegal occupation of real estate and land, an initiative will be presented that facilitates the prosecution and punishment of illegal occupations.