Chilean Experts Arrive in Honduras to Help the Police

By Dialogo
January 31, 2012

A team of experts from the training academy of the Carabineros, Chile’s national police force, arrived in Honduras on January 29 to assist in developing a diagnostic study of the police, elements of which are suspected of participating in organized crime, official sources confirmed.

“The members of the Carabineros are coming to develop a diagnostic study of the police,” Security Ministry spokesperson Héctor Ivan Mejía told AFP.

The Chilean team, which included Inspector General Samuel Cabeza, Colonel Juan Carlos Castro, and Lieutenant Colonel Sergio Alarcón, was welcomed at Toncontín Airport, south of Tegucigalpa, by authorities from the Security Ministry.

Mejía indicated that the Chilean experts will spend a week in Honduras, after which they will submit a diagnostic report on the Honduran police.

“Chile is a brother country to Honduras, and we like to help our brothers with anything they might need,” said Chilean ambassador in Tegucigalpa, Rodrigo Pérez, who accompanied the welcoming team.

Porfirio Lobo’s administration has promised a purge of the police to “get rid of the bad apples” involved in crimes, and previously announced the collaboration of Chile, Colombia, and the United States for that purpose.

In Honduras, entire police stations have been involved in organized crime, such as drug trafficking, kidnapping, murder for hire, robbery, and extortion.