New Anti-Crime Rapid-Reaction Corps Proposed in Honduras

By Dialogo
July 30, 2012

The Honduran Congress will analyze the creation of a new rapid-response police force, advised by Chile’s Carabineros (the country’s national paramilitary police force), in order to confront the violence that saddles the country with the world’s highest homicide rate, legislative sources announced on July 26.

Congressional president Juan Hernández, introduced a bill to create an “Intelligence and Special Security Response Groups Unit (TIGRES)” made up of 200 men.

TIGRES, an acronym meaning “tigers,” “is an Armed Service with military training, hierarchy, and discipline, specialized in providing security to the population by fighting crime in the geographical or subject-matter areas, tasks, and functions strategically assigned to it by the Secretariat of Security,” noted Hernández, who also named a commission to study the initiative and present it to the chamber in upcoming days.

With the new security corps, the government aims to respond to serious crimes such as kidnapping and murder, with technical help from the Chilean Carabineros.

“The objective is to have an active team responding to the needs currently present in the country,” Hernández explained.

Crime, especially crime linked to drug trafficking, is one of Honduras’s worst problems.

According to a 2010 study, the Central American country, with only 8 million inhabitants, had the world’s highest homicide rate among countries without military conflicts, 82 per 100,000 people.

President Porfirio Lobo’s administration is undertaking a series of actions to lower the crime rate, among which the creation of the new police force, a ban on two men traveling on motorcycles to combat murder-for-hire, a wiretapping law to intercept communications, and the formation of an anti-extortion police force are being considered.