‘Bogotá Ciudad Púrpura’ arrives to provide security for women

Within the framework of the National Government’s policies focused on human security, the National Police, together with the authorities of the Capital District, presented the ‘Bogotá Purple City’ Strategy, a campaign that seeks to implement actions for the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against women, supported by district policies.

The objective of this strategy is to prevent and counteract all forms of violence against women in Bogotá, based on differential and articulated actions within the framework of co-responsibility.

The strategy has four lines of action:

1. Education and prevention.

2. Deterrence of violence.

3. Quick reaction and response through coordinated and articulated action.

4🇧🇷 Plan Hunter.

1. Education and prevention line:

  • It consists of educating and informing people about the phenomenon of violence against women, through campaigns and workshops, aimed at public servants, the general population, women victims, educational and university institutions, in the mass transportation system, commercial establishments, and the public space.
  • It contains a Personal Defense Program for Women called “Protection Pills”, which consists of a basic course taught by policewomen for women. It will be disseminated through social networks and in person.
  • A code was created QR that will be installed in all public buildings, stations, CAI and police patrols, in public transport buses, portals, wagons, and hospitals; This code will contain preventive and educational information within the reach and availability of all the inhabitants. The code includes the “violence meter” as an interactive tool that will reveal how and when a woman is in a situation of violence.
  • Opening of the “purple attention point” that will be duly marked in police stations and CAI, to provide adequate guidance to women regarding the route of attention in cases of violence
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The Secretary of Security made the launch of the ‘Bogotá Purple City’ strategy official, through the following trill:

2. Violence deterrence line

  • Through the analysis and understanding of the phenomenon of violence against women, inter-institutional actions will focus on 10 intervention polygons (Ciudad Bolívar, Kennedy, Engativá, Mártires, Suba, Barrios Unidos, Usme, Santa Fe, Bosa and Candelaria). will also prioritize Transmilenio mass transportation system.
  • The first “Digital Protection Network” will be created, which will function as a virtual security front. The objective is to generate union, trust, solidarity and communication between women victims of violence with the institutions, through the dissemination of prevention messages and the district’s offer of attention, together with the activation of alerts in the face of dangerous situations. The network will be managed by two officials (police and Secretariat for Women) and will be made up of women beneficiaries with protection measures (368).

3. Quick reaction and response line.

  • It constitutes the ABC of the coordinated and articulated action between the District and the Police. The first element is to achieve a coordinated and effective reception of formal and anonymous information, through face-to-face, digital channels and telephone service lines (123, purple line).
  • The second element is the activation of the care and accompaniment route. An alert code called “MERI Alert” will be created, whose acronym refers to “Woman At Risk”. This code is intended to urgently activate the institutional action of the district and the police in cases of violence against women.
  • The third element corresponds to the timely police response, through the “Purple Patrol” which will be deployed in the 19 locations of the city and in the Transmilenio, together with the deployment of the “Special Investigative Group of the SIJIN”. The foregoing with the comprehensive action of the District institutions with their offer of attention (Ministry of Women, Security, Government, Health and police stations).
  • The “Purple Patrol” is a symbol of police innovation that will bring the women of Bogotá closer to a differential and specialized police service to deal with cases of violence. You can see the police vehicles identified with a purple color and distinctive markings, which marks a historical milestone and the value that women represent for the National Police.

4. Line – Hunter Plan

  • The purpose of the plan is to materialize arrest warrants for the most wanted criminals for punishable conduct directed towards women; It is also aimed at executing arrest warrants issued by family commissioners as a consequence of non-compliance with protection measures.
  • The strengthening of the “Protection Measures Information System” is a priority to contribute to the systematization, verification, monitoring and control of protection measures for women victims of violence. This system will allow the police and the District to carry out the work of adequate accompaniment and protection.