Bogotá, August 6, 2015 (SIG)
The President of the Republic, Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, stated this Thursday that the priority of the Police, and in general of all law enforcement authorities, will be to fight against organized crime, large and small mafias, and street crime.
In his remarks on occasion of the August 7 commemoration, on the day of the first anniversary of his second term in office, the Head of State presented the achievements of the past five years of his administration and stated that if the country brings the conflict to an end, there will be more resources and capabilities to focus on the fight against crime.
"Our priority –of the Police and all law enforcement authorities- will be to fight against organized crime, against the mafias –large and small-, against street crime", the President said.
"And, if there is peace, we will have much more resources and more capabilities at our disposal to concentrate on this purpose", the President added after stating that ending the armed conflict should be a priority not only of the Government but of the country as a whole.
The President pointed out that citizen security is a topic that affects everybody and deserves utmost attention.
"I know that all the Colombian people DO NOT feel safe yet. There are robberies, muggings, extortions and aggressions that generate fear among the population, that make us look all around us when we are walking on the street or simply when taking a bus”, President Santos admitted.
He explained that homicides and kidnappings –the two major crimes- have dropped to historically minimum levels, but it is not enough.
"It is not enough to know that they will not be killed or kidnapped… The Colombian people also want to feel safe in their streets, in their parks, in their homes…”, the President pointed out.
He added that for that reason the number of police officers and security cameras was increased, and on-going action plans are being implemented in the cities and in the most crime ridden zones, in order to ensure that insecurity will decrease day after day.
President Santos said that the Colombian people are not only concerned, but they also have expectations regarding employment, the economy, the reduction of poverty, citizen safety, justice, healthcare, and regarding educational opportunities and quality.
"Naturally, of course, about the termination of the armed conflict as well which generates concerns, and which is a priority –it should be a priority- not only of the Government but of the entire country as a whole, because we are a great nation that does not have to force itself to live another half century of war”, he concluded.