This article, based on theoretical research, discusses public safety policies adopted in contemporary Brazil, particularly in the first decade of the 21st century. It initially reflects on the role of the state to guarantee public safety as a fundamental right of the citizen. It then highlights the National Public Safety Plan (PNSP) and the National Public Safety with Citizenship Program (Pronasci) as an innovation in Brazilian public safety policy. It considers that despite the limits and challenges related to the complexity of the issue, advances have occurred in the democratization of public safety policy, by means of greater participation of society in the discussions and implementations of actions in this field.
State; Public policy; Public safety; Brazil