Culture of prevention

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

The local administration’s newly-launched pilot program on the culture of prevention aims to keep the community free from crime. The Director of the Public Security Department, Gabriel Arturo Yáñez Saldaña, advised that the idea for this project was presented by a sanmiguelense woman who is interested in security matters in the city neighborhoods. The local administration accepted it well.

The program is currently operated by six young men and women under 28 years of age. It has been applied in several schools as well as in common areas of neighborhoods, such as Guadalupe, San Antonio, San Luis Rey and fraccionamiento Insurgentes. Yáñez described the group as multidisciplinary, with members who have knowledge of acting, music, singing and plastic arts. Their talents are used in workshops and talks oriented toward integration of the residents into the spirit of social welfare. The aim is to change the direction of the neighbors (children, young people and adults) toward a better environment, free of conflicts and crime.

Yáñez says the idea of the program is to leave behind self-sustainable neighborhoods that are capable of living without conflict and without further help from the multidisciplinary group. Although he did not mention the names, Yáñez assured that in some schools where the students have shown lack of respect for school authorities and rules, behavior is now more docile. Those who used to bring weapons, such as knives, to school no longer do it. The director remarked that a talent show—a positive result of the workshops—will be presented in the months to come.

Representatives of schools and neighborhoods can request this program from the Public Security Department. The diagnostics of the requesting area will be analyzed and requesters for the program will get an answer within two weeks.


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