Military and Public Safety

Ineffective public safety is one of the most telling indicators of weak rule of law. It leaves societies vulnerable to risks posed by crime, conflict, and natural disasters, eroding individual safety, community harmony, and economic growth.  Public safety can be undermined when any police, judicial, and military officials are unresponsive, criminally complicit, corrupt and poorly trained.  It can also be harmed by ineffective crime detection, investigation, and resolution mechanisms in communities and institutions. Furthermore, public safety can be destroyed or eroded if the fundamental human rights of citizens are evasive. Communities with low levels of public safety often lack trust between citizens and are less likely to generate sustainable, equitable and transparent economic development given the increased community security, corruption or judicial ineffectiveness risks posed to citizens and investors.