Central America

In Central America, we conduct research in Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador.

In our research program in Central America we have analyzed reasons explaining the different development histories of the police in these three countries, and we have studied the peculiarities of the community-oriented policing programs established. A core aim is to establish what constitutes “legitimate” policing in the eyes of the citizenry in these countries, and why it has been difficult to sustain community-oriented policing programs at the national level.