Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Crime, violence, and a weak rule of law jointly present some of the most pressing issues for Latin America. They affect citizen behavior and relations at every level of society, so these shortcomings impose a significant cost on the economy and constitute a severe threat to economic development and political stability. The program “Building Effective, Resilient, and Trusted Police Organizations in Mexico” seeks to explore how to design local police forces in Mexico (and Latin America more broadly) that can rise to the challenge of reducing violence, increasing institutional legitimacy and trust in institutions, and strengthening the rule of law. The project thus focuses on three sets of questions:
The specific organizational capabilities and structural characteristics that are systematically proven to deliver better results (or questions of basic organizational design);
The process and sequence through which these organizational capabilities should be incorporated into new or existing police organizations (or questions of organizational construction and change);
How, given an organizational design, police organizations can build citizen engagement, participation, and trust through their protocols, practices, and interactions with citizens (or questions of the enactment of practices). This includes an understanding of how police organizations in Mexico should implement evidence-based interventions that have been proven to effectively reduce violence.
Community Policing Program
Under the academic leadership of Rodrigo Canales, Associate Professor at the Yale School of Management, and in collaboration with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), we aim to design, implement and evaluate the Mexican model of police intervention with community collaboration, taking up the best national and international practices such as Problem Oriented Policing and Community Policing. This project will be implemented in Mexico City and 3 municipalities in different states of the Mexican Republic.
The project requires strong project management skills to coordinate police training and work meetings between police and citizens simultaneously in several cities. The coordinator also needs to be able to work as a team with methodological partners who are experts in the field and local governments. especially for the creation and adaptation of the model to the Mexican context and logistics to achieve the objectives of the project