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AmericasBarometer 2014 Confirms Progress of the Ecuadorian Security Model

Ecuador Second in the Region with best Public Safety and Third in Public Trust of the National Police Force.

Washington, D.C. (February 6, 2015) – According to the Latin American Opinion Project’s America’s Barometer 2014, Ecuador ranks second best, among 24 Latin American countries, in a public evaluation of the country’s public safety management. The study also confirms that Ecuador is one of the Latin American countries with the greatest progress in the implementation of new public safety policies.

The USAID-sponsored survey found that Ecuador is one of the two Latin American countries where citizens positively evaluated the Government’s performance in ensuring their security and the performance of local police. According to America’s Barometer, Ecuador scored 62% in public support, following Nicaragua (65.6%), compared to Uruguay, Honduras, Chile, Mexico, and a considerable difference from the United States (38.7%) and Paraguay (36.9%).

“We are now seeing tangible results of the transformation in the public safety system that the government has undertaken during the last eight years,” said Nathalie Cely, Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States. “Ecuador now enjoys a public safety system that is focused on the wellbeing of the individuals and their role in strengthening the safety in their communities.”

Citizens’ trust in the Ecuadorian National Police also rose to third place with 59.0%, which exceeds public trust in police forces in the United States, Uruguay, Costa Rica, and Brazil.

“Our goal is that our fellow Ecuadorians can go about their lives without fear, said Ecuadorian Minister of Interior, Jose Serrano, during a recent visit to Washington, D.C. “We are making changes that address institutional weaknesses and improve the management of public safety at the operational and justice levels, including a larger investment in training, technology and information systems, a revised criminal code, decentralizations of police forces, and the implementation of a more rigorous selection process for police officers and judges.”