TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, Aug. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández praised his country's performance in the newly released 2017 Gallup Global Law and Order Index. Honduras gained eight points in this year's index -- and tied with Chile as the highest-ranking country in Latin America.
"My administration has worked diligently to stem violence within our borders," said President Hernández. "Today's report verifies what Hondurans already know -- that our nation is a safe place in which to live, work, and conduct business."
This year's Global Law and Order Index is based on 136,000 interviews conducted in 2016 across 135 countries. It surveys people on how safe they feel "walking alone at night" in their respective cities, how much confidence they place in the local police force, and whether they have been mugged, robbed, or assaulted within the past year.
Honduras received a score of 72 out of 100. Notably, the level of confidence Hondurans have in their local police force jumped from 29 percent in 2015 to 50 percent in 2016.
The Hernández administration has waged a multifaceted campaign to reduce violence and corruption in Honduras. It has created the OAS-backed Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras, or MACCIH; purged the police force of corrupt officers; given civilians greater oversight of the police; and arrested dangerous gang leaders.
"This is a proud day for Honduras," stated President Hernandez. "We are glad that an organization as well-respected as Gallup has recognized our hard-won progress."
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