Almost 700 Police Officers Join the Fight against Drugs in Guatemala

By Dialogo
January 11, 2013

A total of 664 police officers trained in field tactics, joined the fight against drug trafficking in Guatemala on January 9, an official source reported.

“This will give us an operational capability within the country and on the borders” Guatemala shares with El Salvador, Honduras, Belize, and México, Minister of Interior Mauricio López confirmed.

Guatemalan President Otto Pérez, said that the new officers will also have contact with international agencies in order to improve their capabilities, since drug trafficking is a transnational crime.

In Guatemala, with a population of 14.3 million, 25,000 agents are serving in the Police forces.

Like the rest of Central American countries, Guatemala is engulfed by a violent wave of crime generated by drug trafficking and organized crime.