Peruvian Government Launches Security Fund to Fight Crime
By Dialogo September 06, 2011
On August 31, the Peruvian Government approved the creation of a Special Fund for Citizen Security with a contribution of 200 million soles (70 million dollars) to strengthen the fight against crime, Cabinet chief Salomón Lerner announced.
“All of us Peruvians have to unite in this fight for citizen security,” Lerner urged, speaking at the Government palace at the end of a session of the Council of Ministers at which the fund was given the green light.
Lerner indicated that the Government will contribute 200 million soles to launch the fund, and he called on the private sector to collaborate with the initiative financially as well.
“We are expecting very significant contributions from the private sector that will be made public in the next few days,” noted Lerner, a businessman who is President Ollanta Humala’s right-hand man.
The fund seeks to provide the police with radios, patrol cars, and other equipment with which to confront the increase in crime in Peru.
At the beginning of August, Humala created a National Council for Citizen Security, chaired by himself, that is developing a plan for joint action to fight crime.
The rise of organized crime in recent years, especially kidnapping, is perceived as one of the serious problems affecting Peruvian society, surveys indicate.