Third Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA III)
November 17 and 18, 2011
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
(Adopted on November 18, 2011, and reviewed by the Style Committee)
We, the ministers responsible for public security in the Americas and the representatives of the member states of the Organization of American States (OAS), gathered in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, on November 17 and 18, 2011, at the Third Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA III), convened by the General Assembly of the Organization in accordance with resolution AG/RES. 2629 (XLI-O/11);
REITERATING the importance of implementing the Commitment to Public Security in the Americas adopted during the First Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA I), held in Mexico City, in October 2008, as well as the Consensus of Santo Domingo on Public Security, adopted during the Second Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA II), held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in November 2009;
TAKING NOTE of the outcomes of the Meeting of Experts to Prepare for MISPA III held in Santiago, Chile in November 2010, in particular the support given by member states for the proposal made by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to focus, during MISPA III, on the police management pillar of the Commitment to Public Security in the Americas;
UNDERSCORING that effective police management by the competent national authorities requires the formulation and implementation of comprehensive policies to fully and adequately address public security concerns;
RECOGNIZING that professionalization and strengthening of the police requires ongoing observance of the relevant human rights norms and principles, as well as of fundamental freedoms, democracy, and the principles of justice, impartiality, and gender equality, consistent with the domestic legislation of each state, and also require enhancing the national capacity of states through the provision of technical assistance, capacity-building, and training of police and civilian personnel with responsibility in public security management.
TAKING NOTE of the completion of the Feasibility Study for Strengthening the Training of Public Security Personnel in the Region, prepared by the OAS General Secretariat; and
TAKING NOTE ALSO of the “Document of Port of Spain: Institutionalization of the MISPA Process” adopted at this ministerial meeting and which governs the MISPA process;
Agree on the following recommendations for strengthening police management in the Hemisphere:
1. Foster the strengthening of information systems, among other measures by improving data collection and record-keeping methods utilizing available technology, promoting investigative cooperation and knowledge-sharing at the sub-regional, hemispheric and international levels consistent with applicable domestic legislation.
2. Promote public trust and confidence in police management organizations by, inter alia, adopting measures to foster responsibility, transparency, effectiveness, citizen and community participation, respect for human rights, and a comprehensive gender perspective.
3. Conduct police training programs that foster respect for human rights in the performance of police functions.
4. Support professionalization and training for personnel with responsibility for public security and improve, where necessary, professional development and career management systems for the police.
5. Instruct the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States to continue, in consultation with the member states, ongoing education and training programs for police personnel and persons responsible for public security, to help strengthen police management in areas of interest specified by member states, within the framework of the Inter-American Police Training Program and bearing in mind, inter alia, the agreements signed by the OAS General Secretariat.
6. Request the OAS General Secretariat to prepare, update, and publish an inventory of training programs offered by member states to increase awareness of and access to training opportunities, building on the OAS General Secretariat document that compiles best practices and experiences on police management and international cooperation.
7. Encourage awareness and, where appropriate, the use of technologies to promote efficiency in and modernization of police management and training.
8. Encourage member states to consider exchanging civilian and police training program material and instructors to create new areas of cooperation and training.
9. Request the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) to provide the member states with ongoing technical support in order to achieve the purposes and objectives of these Recommendations.
10. Instruct the General Secretariat of the OAS to inform the relevant international hemispheric, regional, and subregional organizations of the outcomes of the Third Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA III) and encourage them to consider and, as appropriate, act on these outcomes.
11. Invite member states, permanent observers to the OAS, institutions of the inter-American system, and other international agencies to consider making voluntary financial, technical and/or human resource contributions to achieve the implementation of these Recommendations.
12. Request the OAS Permanent Council to follow up on these Recommendations through the Committee on Hemispheric Security.
13. Welcome with satisfaction the offer of the Government of the Republic of Colombia to host the Fourth Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA IV) in 2013.
14. We, the Ministers responsible for public security in the Americas and the representatives of the member states of the Organization of American States also express our appreciation to the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for having hosted this Third Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA III) in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.