Honduran Government Authorizes Military Support for Police

By Dialogo
December 07, 2011

The Honduran Government declared a state of “emergency with regard to public safety” on December 5, in order to authorize military personnel to support the police for 90 days.

In the absence of President Porfirio Lobo, who travelled to the Tuxtla Group summit in Mexico, the Council of Ministers issued a decree in which it decided “to declare a national state of emergency with regard to public safety for a period of 90 extendable days.”

The emergency was declared “for the purpose of reinforcing the work done by the National Police in combating the violence and crime that are overwhelming the country,” the text added.

At the same time, it “instructs the Armed Forces to cooperate in the performance of law-enforcement functions, on an exceptional basis, for 90 extendable days.”

The decree “is fully in accordance with the law,” Vice President María Antonieta Guillén said at a press conference at the Presidential House.

On November 29, the Honduran Congress passed an initiative granting police functions to military personnel, at President Porfirio Lobo’s request.

Military personnel will be able to conduct searches, make arrests, confiscate weapons, and perform all police functions, and they will even be able to take action against police officers implicated in crimes.