Central American Agents to Exchange Experiences with US Police Officers

By Dialogo
April 18, 2012

Central American police officers will visit facilities of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other U.S. security forces as part of a program to exchange experiences in the fight against organized crime, the State Department announced on April 16.

Agents from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Belize will visit the FBI Academy and police forces in the states of Massachusetts (in the northeastern United States) and California (in the western part of the country), a department statement explained.

This program, which began in 2007, “is designed to build the capacity of Central American law enforcement agencies by enhancing the sharing of information and intelligence,” the text indicated.

In May, agents will visit National Police headquarters in the Salvadoran capital.

The training will focus on interrogation techniques, vehicle searches, the prosecution of members of organized crime, and investigations targeting gangs, the statement indicated.

The United States is continuing its Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), to which it has committed 361 million dollars since 2008.

At the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena on April 14, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that CARSI will receive an additional 130 million during the current fiscal year.