Morocco scores high in public security
The high ranking of internal security that the Kingdom has known is also due to the new coherent security approach, the involvement of citizens, and their awareness of the importance of their role as partners of the security forces, in order strengthen the internal security of the country.
According to a report released by The Royal Institute for Strategic Studies (IRES), Morocco scored a high improvement of its level of internal public security thanks to the new security policy adopted, which was characterized by a set of measures, such as establishing new security structures and strengthening their means of intervention, as well as training security forces on ways to confront new forms of modern criminology.
According to the data provided by the report, the high ranking of internal security that the Kingdom has known is also due to the new coherent security approach, the involvement of citizens, and their awareness of the importance of their role as partners of the security forces, in order strengthen the internal security of the country.
Regardless of the high ranking of security achieved by Morocco, the rate of attacks is still considered high, as it recorded an increase of 60% during the period between 2003 and 2017. The report attributed the reason for this increase to a set of reasons, most notably the consumption of hallucinogens, uncontrolled urbanization, in addition to the inequality factor.
The number of police officers in Morocco per 100,000 people increased significantly, from 147 in 2003 to 200 in 2017. However, the Royal Institute for Strategic Studies(IRES) considered in its report that the security body still needs to be further strengthened, in order to enable it to face the development of various aspects of crime in the Kingdom.
Regardless of its active commitment to fighting terrorism, and its societal choices based on openness and the consecration of a tolerant intermediate Islam, the kingdom still experienced a decrease in its ranking in combating terrorism after it was one of the countries free from the effects of terrorism. Morocco’s score within this index fell from 119 in 2002 to 132 in 2018, before retreating to 92 in 2019. The Royal Institute for Strategic Studies linked this decline to the terrorist attack that killed two Scandinavian tourists in the Imlil district of Marrakech in 2018, by two young men belonging to a group that pledged allegiance to ISIS.
On the other hand, the report considered that Morocco’s ranking in social stability is still somehow fragile, and attributed this to a variety of factors, including inequality in economic development, brain drain, and migration in general.
According to the Global Peace Index, the report recorded that Morocco’s position lowered from the 66th rank in 2008 to the 83rd rank in 2020, explaining this by the instability in the region, and also by the protests that the Kingdom witnessed, but Morocco, despite this decline, is still one of the most stable countries in the eastern region, the Middle East and North Africa.