Honduras Suspends 1,400 Police Officers for Suspected Corruption
By Dialogo June 07, 2013
The Honduran government indefinitely suspended 1,400 police agents from the Office of Criminal Investigation on June 5, in order to conduct trust tests as part of a purification process on police forces that started two years ago, an official source reported.
“The measure seeks to certify and improve the National Police,” the Secretary of Security said in a statement to the press.
He also said that the personnel were “temporarily discharged from their regular responsibilities” and that they will undergo psychosomatic exams, toxicology screens and polygraph tests.
The office is investigating all homicides in Honduras, including visual inspections, car thefts, body removal, ballistics, criminal records and weapons registry. Furthermore, it administers the database of police investigations in national territory.
Fernando Jaar, president of the Chamber of Commerce, told the station Radio América, “Security Minister Arturo Corrales, told me that the decision was enforced because some investigators leaked information about their activities to organized crime.”
In 2011, President Porfirio Lobo started an operation to remove some agents involved in drug trafficking and organized crime from the 14,500-agent police force.
According to the United Nations, Honduras is the most violent country in the world without war, with a murder rate of 85.5 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Official figures show that least 20 people die violently every day within the national territory.