Secretary of Security proposes to review provisional release

The secretary of Public Security of Rio Grande do Sul and president of the National Council of Secretaries of Public Security (Consesp), Sandro Caron, intends to raise a national debate for the alteration of legislation on provisional release for violent crimes. In the State, its priorities are the fight against organized crime, prevention against femicides and reduction in robberies.

In this interview to Jornal do Comérciohe also comments on the use of body cameras by the police, electronic anklets on women aggressors and states that the violence generated by faction wars will not return to observer levels in 2015, 2016 and 2017 in the state.

Jornal do Comércio – As president of Consesp, what contributions do you intend to add?

Sandro Caron – In these meetings, we always discuss structural issues that have an impact on public safety. My great flag as president of Consesp is to open the discussion about the need for changes and legislative adjustments in Brazil.

JC – Which ones?

caron – For example, we had recent legislation that created alternative measures to imprisonment, precisely with the aim of reducing overcrowding in the prison system. These measures were created with the idea of ​​getting people who committed minor crimes out of prison. But due to the way the law was drafted, this has allowed, today, in several concrete situations, people who commit homicide, robbery or drug trafficking to receive provisional release. I am not in favor of general incarceration at all. But one thing is obvious: a person who commits a homicide or robbery today and goes out on the street tomorrow, what will he do again? He’s going to go back to stealing, murdering. And when this process evolves, the tendency is for that person to remain on the run. And even more so in such a situation, it will be difficult for her to leave the world of crime. It is not a criticism of other authorities, of other Powers. It is a criticism of the legislation. My great defense is that we open this debate in Brazil.

JC – Here in RS, what do you attribute the improvement in crime indicators in April to?

caron – It stems from an entire strengthening of the public security system that has been taking place, various investments that have been made, hiring of new professionals in public tenders, an increase in the number of members, deliveries of vehicles, weapons, vests, technological equipment. The RS Seguro program is now four years old. The great merit is the integration it brought.

JC – Is RS Seguro the best possible plan to combat violence in the state?

caron – It’s a great plan. Of what can be done for Rio Grande do Sul, it is indeed the best program we can have. First, because he has already clearly shown that he has this great merit of integrating the State’s public security with the federal police, with the municipalities, with the Judiciary, with the Public Ministry (MP). He works on the issue of the crime-fighting axis, which is more up to the police, the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Judiciary. It also takes the axis of the prison system, which is very important, because what happens in prisons will have an impact on the street. And there is also the forecast of the so-called transversal policies, which are also actions that do not refer to the police, but that will have an impact because they carry out primary prevention. We are now thinking about expansions, bringing innovations, but I like to make it very clear that public safety in RS was very well managed. The proof of this are the results. We now come with experiences from abroad to seek to bring other innovations and to bring down (the crime rate) even more. We cannot accommodate.

JC – What are the priorities in the fight against crime?

caron – That year, in four months, we were able to put most of the numbers on a downward trend. We have three major axes that I place as priorities. One is the fight against homicide. The reduction of homicides, which is done by weakening criminal groups, factions. Most homicides are motivated by involvement of people with trafficking. Those who end up committing these homicides are the factions. Factions are weakened by arresting leaders, learning weapons and and carrying out property investigations, financial suffocation, as I call it. Locate where the money and goods obtained with crime are and, through investigation, seize them. Arrest the leaders, take away the and weapons and take the money. When these groups are weakened, there is a reduction in the number of crimes because there is very strong repression by the State. The second axis is the reduction of feminicides, which is already a completely different strategy. These are crimes that, as a rule, occur inside homes. It will not reduce feminicide with policing on the streets. The main thing is that we managed to convince women to create conditions for women victims of domestic violence to file a police report with the Civil Police. Once this record is made, the police will ask the Judiciary for a protective measure so that it can prevent a case of domestic violence from evolving into what is worse, which is feminicide. We know it’s hard. And RS had an increase in feminicides. Last year, out of 106 cases, we only had a police report and protective measure in 20. So we have to do this awareness work. Today, we have more occurrences of domestic violence than there were last year, but we have a much smaller number of feminicides. Much because of the convincing work, we opened this other channel which is the women’s online police station and the focus for investigating these domestic violence inquiries.

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