Towards a contextualization of police reforms in Latin America: Soft politics against crime?

  • Wilmer Téllez
Keywords: Police; reform;crime; humanization; Latin America.


This paper analyzes the police reforms in Latin America in its
socio-political context of twenty-first century. The rise of left
parties has given important steps for removing violent strategies
of police institutions within an inherited war conception of
crime fighting, however, the Latin American population demand
tougher policies against the few guarantees of personal safety
and property. The combination among “hard” policies eagerness
by the Latin American population and reforms in this field
have common denominators, not at all contradictory, in the
humanization process, justice and equality that propose a new
police institutional framework in the region.