Security & Strategic Review - December 2022

PANAMA: Cortizo unveils new initiative to combat criminality

General levels of violent crime and gang-related activities including homicides, kidnappings and extortion are generally lower in Panama than in other countries in Central America such as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador and authorities in Panama have been slow to adopt hardline policies for confronting the criminal activity that does occur on Panamanian streets. On 10 October, President Laurentino Cortizo sanctioned a new law establishing criminology policy aimed at providing a more “scientific approach” to decision-making related to criminality and the effective protection of citizens, as part of a more comprehensive approach to tackling crime.

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