The State is the ultimate guarantor of the security of its citizens, and its ability to provide this is fundamental to the very social contract that legitimises the State‚Äôs existence and the positions of elected representatives.  Here we provide an overview of the institutional frameworks in place that provide the foundation of State capacities to provide their citizens with a secure living environment in which to develop their lives.


Institutions can broadly be divided between Ministries (and other administrative bodies) and their dependents, which include the operational bodies responsible for enforcing the strategies and policies developed at the ministerial level.


While each individual case varies in terms of its specific characteristics, such as the particular ministry responsible for public security issues and the structure, location and nature of law enforcement bodies, the case of Guatemala below provides an illustrative example of institutional structures in public security:



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