Crime Stoppers and OAS Sign Security Coordination Agreement

Alejo Campos, Regional Director of Crime Stoppers, Regional Office for the Caribbean, Bermuda and Latin America, and Rubén Farje, General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS), Panama, signed a cooperation agreement on security issues.

Crime Stoppers and the OAS share a broad understanding of security that involves addressing a combination of political, environmental, economic, and human security issues, including traditional threats as well as new threats, concerns, and other challenges to the security of the countries of the Region.

Under this agreement, Crime Stoppers will be able to make a significant contribution to the work of the Organization, offering advice to the General Secretariat on matters related to security issues, introducing additional knowledge and information to the decision-making process of the OAS and by contributing to the consensus-building process in many spheres of the public, private, civil society and academic sectors of the hemisphere with which it maintains important cooperative ties.

For its part, the OAS General Secretariat is committed to sharing Department Against Transnational Organized Crime (DDOT) documentation, inviting Crime Stoppers representatives to meetings where topics interested, to collaborate on issues related to training in the member states of the OAS.

Likewise, the parties have agreed to develop special cooperative relations in areas of common interest through additional agreements that include the implementation of research programs, the exchange of bibliographic material, access to databases of data and the exchange of professional personnel.

In this sense, this Agreement will strengthen the actions that the two institutions carry out in the region, taking into account the priorities of each State, thus contributing to the consolidation of peace, global development and social justice, based on democratic values. , respect, promotion and defense of human rights, solidarity, cooperation and respect for national sovereignty.

The event was held at the City of Knowledge with the participation of the diplomatic corps accredited to Panama, national parliamentarians, civil servants and representatives of civil society and international organizations.

Mark M. Gagnon