More than 600 businesses adhered to “Suggested Routes”, the task for student safety

Sandra Muñoz is a retired commissioner general. She founded the Trelew Women’s Police Station 19 years ago. She has had an extensive career in the Police until she retired and was summoned again by the municipality and now by the Province so that her experience can be transferred this time from the Undersecretariat for Prevention and Community Participation. Along with other institutions, she promotes the “Suggested Routes” project that aims to provide security for students at the entrance and exit of schools. She confirmed that the entire community is involved and that already in Chubut there are 600 businesses that have stamped a wafer on their door so that any student who needs it can enter and request help in case of an emergency.

Muñoz, in an interview with Jornada, assured that he integrates several projects that come out of the Ministry of Security. He even assured that at the request of the minister in particular he collaborates with the Women’s Police Stations, which is where attention to victims for gender and family reasons is concentrated. “We have brought training with the Gender Directorate regarding the approach. With the Ministry of Security we are going to bring the URGE system that receives complaints and displays certain tabs to later have statistics to read what we have been working on in the area. In my case, I have the experience of the work I have done. The task with community policing is known to me from my experience in Police. Having been in the Women’s Police Station opened this approach to me from another place, which has to be multidisciplinary, multi-agency and has to be in conjunction with all the institutions”.

Regarding safety in the framework of “Suggested Routes”, the official stated that “with the students we work with self-care. If they know that there is no lighting on any artery, we ask them to go through another, not to talk to strangers on the street. Cell phones that do not carry them in hand. It is preferable that they leave them at home, today it is something valuable and they want to steal it. In case of needing help, turn to businesses or an adult ringing the bell in the homes. The community is here to help and they are supportive. If the neighbors see someone suspicious, let them know because when something happens, they later say they have seen vehicles around, etc. Anonymously, you can make a complaint if you see that someone has a suspicious attitude giving an alert. We all have to do that. From those who are at home to those who are in a place of decision in the Government”, she described.

Prevention and training

Sandra Muñoz explained that “the Undersecretariat has two lines of work, which are prevention and training. In this case, from the prevention side, it is everything that has to do with the citizen part and the different institutions of the different locality. We began to work with Education in thinking about the route that the student takes from when he leaves his house until he arrives at school and vice versa, seeing that on that route there are empty, unoccupied houses, places that do not have lighting. There are also other places that lack circulation or are not streets in themselves. That’s what we started working on, ”she pointed out.

The undersecretary reported that the initiative begins with a diagnosis that is made from the educational community by teachers and staff together with the Ministry of Security in this matter of consulting the children on how they go to school. There are those who have the fortune that their father or mother leaves them at the door and others who have to walk and it is difficult with the morning shift because the conditions in the winter make some places darker than others, ”she reiterated.
And he added: “In this they told us that sometimes 3 or 4 go together, others alone. Some cut places where they are trails. Teach them other ways. They will be accompanied by parents or older companions and also with markets or kiosks. That they will be of help to them.”

Muñoz placed special emphasis on the help of businesses. “We invited merchants to be part of this solidarity project. They were told how it would be in the event that a minor came by and asked for help because he was afraid or someone made him feel afraid or tried to rob him. The business becomes the center or place of contention to provide the shelter to call the Police (101) or Community Police, which are the ones that are in the neighborhoods today.”

As exclusive data, the official pointed out that “today there are about 600 adhered businesses in the province and we are satisfied that in 5 months the implementation of the project will take shape and the educational community worked to make it go ahead. We applied a model that Puerto Madryn had been working on and that seemed appropriate to implement throughout the province, and we did so in Esquel, Rawson, Puerto Madryn, Trelew and Comodoro Rivadavia”, she revealed.

Sandra Muñoz assured that “Community Police are part of the project because they know the land and are close to the neighbors. We gave a wafer to each business so that the kids can turn to them when they need it. The crime that is committed in the street affects both girls and boys, it is indistinct. It is not more to one than to another. It goes more than anything in more vulnerable neighborhoods. Sometimes the work of the parents coincides with the time they enter the school. On some occasion they have stolen cell phones and bicycles.

To conclude, the undersecretary pointed out that “in solitude we cannot do anything. Between all of us we have to have a clear policy and the networks that are formed sustained over time. That the work that one tries to develop has continuity. The neighbors ask us to work with them from their needs, interpreting that from security we manage what they need, “she concluded. #

More than 600 businesses adhered to “Suggested Routes”, the task for student safety