In the midst of complaints from the population in recent days about the public insecurity that exists in some sectors of the country, the president Luis Abinader swore this Friday José “Pepe” Vila Del Castillo, international expert in safety matter, What Executive Commissioner, already Servio Tulio Castaños Guzmán as a member of the Executive Commission for the implementation of the plans, strategies and policies for the transformation and professionalization of the National Police.
In the swearing-in ceremony, which took place in the Green Room of the National Palace, President Abinader recalled that on January 7, he issued Decree No. 2-22, through which the Executive Commission was created as the body designated for the implementation of the strategies and policies designed by the Working Group led by Castaños Guzmán; the implementation of its recommendations, as well as monitoring the entire process of structural change in the body of order that began a few months ago.
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“In order to comply with the provisions of Organic Law No. 590-16 of the National Police, since we came to the Government we set out to develop its Regulations, which had been pending for 6 years and the previous administration did not comply with its implementation. , so we gave it the highest priority to move it forward and create the legal framework necessary to advance the project of the reform of the National Police, “said the Executive in his speech.
For his part, the Executive Commissioner thanked the President and other officials for the task assigned to him and asked the country to believe in the work that he will do.
“Dominican Republic, have faith in us … I’m here to work … I promise you will see a change soon,” said the security expert.
Pepe Vila, has more than 22 years of accumulated professional experience throughout the Latin American region and East Africa, working in the fields of organized crime, terrorism, drug trafficking, corruption, drug prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and social reintegration.
In addition to the President of the Republic, the event was attended by Lisandro Macarrulla, Minister of the Presidency; Antoliano Peralta, Legal Consultant of the Executive Power; Jesús Vásquez Martínez, Minister of the Interior and Police; Eduardo Alberto Then, general director of the National Police; José Vila del Castillo, Executive Commissioner; Servio Tulio Castaños Guzmán, in charge of the Working Group; Roberto Santana, legal advisor to the Executive Branch on citizen security policy and the prison system, among others.
The Executive Commission will be made up of the Head of State, who will preside over it; the Minister of the Interior and Police, Jesús “Chú” Vásquez Martínez, who will serve as vice president; the Minister of the Presidency, Lisandro Macarrulla; the executive commissioner, Pepe Vila; and two members appointed for such purposes by President Abinader.
Decree No. 2-22 also establishes that this commission will coordinate, on an executive basis, the public instances and administrative departments that have to intervene to carry out the transformation and professionalization of the law enforcement body.
Among the powers that Pepe Vila will have in the country is directing and implementing all the plans and actions for the reform and professionalization of the National Police; form and direct the technical and advisory teams that are necessary to achieve the objectives set regarding the reform of the institution of order; present to the Trust for the transformation and professionalization of the National Police the plans, projects and initiatives necessary to carry out said reform and that need financing; and submit to the President of the Republic quarterly reports of the executions carried out in each quarter of the year and whenever it is required.
It is also part of the powers to validate for approval before the Trust’s Technical Committee all plans, projects, steps and initiatives that may arise from the Trust to achieve the transformation and professionalization of the National Police; draft and propose the operating regulations of the Executive Commission, for approval and promulgation by the president; as well as any other power that is expressly delegated to it by the President of the Republic.
Profile of José (Pepe) Vila Del Castillo
Vila del Castillo was until recently as Regional Representative and Senior Regional Advisor of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), for whose work he received two different decorations awarded by Venezuela and Mexico – Order “Dr. César Naranjo Ostty “and the Order of the Aztec Eagle – which endorse, among other recognitions, his long professional career.
During his professional practice he has worked in coordination with different partners from the private sector, UN agencies (such as UNAIDS, UNDP, UNICEF, WHO, WB), international organizations such as OAS, African Union, EU, ILANUD or Global Fund on TB / HIV and Malaria and the main donors (Spain, UK, Germany, Japan and USA).
In addition, he achieved important support and implemented initiatives that made a real difference in each region, as a regional representative of UNODC, he consolidated the Regional Offices of Mexico and East Africa as two of the most relevant of the UNODC, including the design and creation of the first UNODC program on crime prevention, carried out in Mexico, and supported by the private sector from 2006 to now.
Also, the New Regional Program for East Africa, 2015-2021, supported by the 13 countries of AE, including Eritrea (for the first time in the history of UNODC), and coordinating the implementation of the Police Reform in Kenya.
As Regional Representative for Central America, Pepe Vila expanded the geographical presence of the Office to seven countries in the region.
Likewise, it established the first anti-corruption program in Honduras and El Salvador, and its national security strategy, including the strengthening of police and justice capacities, as well as in Panama, Nicaragua and Guatemala, throughout the Caribbean. Colombia and Ecuador.