President Nayib Bukele’s security plan went into effect soon after he began his term in office. According to President Nayib Bukele, the security plan will be implemented in seven phases that will focus on the most problematic areas of the country.
As of today, the security plan has been in effect for about eight months. During this short-term period, the security plan has produced excellent results, especially lowering the daily murder rate.
According to President Bukele, the security plan implemented by his administration is responsible for El Salvador having the lowest murder rate since the civil war ended.
The latest polls show that most Salvadorans agree with the president. The surveys reveal that Salvadorans think Bukele is doing an excellent job on security, and the drop of murders is due to his security plan.
The President’s so-called Territorial Control Plan.
Since President Bukele took office, the country has seen months with the lowest monthly murder rates since 1991; a trend that I hope continues.
President Bukele announced that the security plan phases will be implemented as soon as the previous security phase showed positive results. These are the phases we know about.
Nayib Bukele’s security plan phase one.
The first phase involved the implementation of hundreds of police officers and military personal into the streets. According to the president and his administration, this phase is to take control over territory previously controlled by gangs.
Also, during this security phase, the government implemented rules to take control of the country’s jails. The government severed all communication from gang leaders in jail and gang leaders in the streets. This is something that previous administration tried to do but failed.
Nayib Bukele’s security plan phase two.
Phase two of the security plan involved the reconstruction of communities and training young people. Bukele has said on many occasions that he wants to give young people other options other than joining gangs.
To get rid off gangs, the president thinks that the nation has to make it difficult for criminal organizations to recruit new members. One way of doing this is by giving people options.
During phase two, the president is looking to train individuals in different fields, so they can find suitable employment; therefore, staying away from criminal organizations.
The result of this security phase is hard to perceive in a short time; only, in the long run, we will see if it worked.
Nayib Bukele’s security plan phase three.
Phase three involves the modernization of security forces equipment. The president wants to modernize the police by giving them modern equipment to fight gangs and crime.
The implementation of this security phase is uncertain, the General Assembly does not want to approve the funds for its implementation.
During February 2020, the president and the General Assembly have been at odds with each other. On February 9th, the president held a rally outside the Asembly. He entered the chamber for a few minutes and prayed; however, he has received backlash because armed military personal entered the Assembly.
Since the February 9th incident, President Bukele has affirmed that he respects the balance of powers, here is an article on the Washington Post about the issue.
President Bukele feels that the General Assembly does not have the country’s best interest since they don’t want to approve the financing of phase three. To read more about phase three and the challenges is facing at the General Assembly, visit the Nayib Bukele’s security plan phase three page.
To summarize, President Nayib Bukele’s security plan or “Plan Control Territorial” has produced excellent results; especially, decreasing the number of monthly murders. As of today, we only know of the first three phases.
El Salvador’s murder rate, scary facts.
For the longest time, El Salvador has had a reputation of being one of the countries with the highest murders per capita.
On many occasions, El Salvador has been described as the murder capital of the world; a nickname that I dislike, since I am Salvadoran. However, I do understand why people use it when referring to El Salvador.
It is scary to think of how many Salvadorans get murder every day in such a small beautiful country. The following is the daily murder rate by year.
- 2020: 3.8*
- 2019: 6.6
- 2018: 9.2
- 2017: 10.8
The following is a breakdown of El Salvador’s murder rate since June 2019; this is when Nayib Bukele began his term as president.
Even with these numbers, some people from the opposition believe that this is a smokescreen from the current administration; they believe the country is not safer than before.
All I can say to them is the following, I do respect their opinion as we live in a democratic nation; but, I disagree with their view of the current situation.
I am glad Nayib Bukele won the election and that he has this level of success thus far. Furthermore, I hope the administration continues to work harder and for things to get better.
If President Bukele’s administration succeeds, we all succeed as we are in the same boat.