Ministry of Public Security and US Embassy Join Efforts to Fight Corruption

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    The Ministry of Public Security of Costa Rica and the U.S. Embassy are working together on a special project to implement reforms and improved methods to combat corruption within the Ministry of Public Security (MSP), especially the Police Force.

    This project, supported by the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), aims at creating of new Internal Affairs Department within the Ministry of Public Security.

    This Department will combine the Inspector General of the Police Force and the Legal Disciplinary and Legal Affairs Department under the department of the General Direction of Administrative and Finance Affairs.

    In addition, the U.S. government will help the MSP implement a paperless office system by providing computer software to scan files. These computer programs will serve to automate the stages administrative processes and will encourage transparency within the Ministry.

    The project also includes monthly visits by U.S and Panamanian experts in internal affairs, who will work with the Committee of Reform Implementation of the Ministry of Public Security.

    These experts will provide recommendations and will give support to the team that develops the reforms. Furthermore, the Committee is creating a manual for the Police Force, which includes all penalties and sanctions given for committing corruption acts. The manual will be distributed among other departments of the ministry as well.

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)
    San Jose Costa Rica

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