U.S. Expert Arrives in Honduras to Help with Security

By Dialogo
February 09, 2012

An expert sent by the United States arrived in Honduras on February 7 to help design security plans in response to the severe crime wave that the country is suffering.

According to a statement by the U.S. embassy in Tegucigalpa, “a U.S. citizen security expert” arrived in the capital “to support U.S. and Honduran cooperation” in that area.

“Under the direction of U.S. Ambassador to Honduras Lisa Kubiske, [the expert] Oliver P. Garza will assist the Honduran government with development and implementation of Honduras’s national security strategy to stem high levels of violence and impunity,” the text stated.

“Ambassador Garza will serve as a senior-level technical expert for Honduran President Porfirio Lobo on citizen security, rule of law, and counter-narcotics issues,” the statement added.

In 2010, the United States formalized a Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), with an initial budget of 165 million dollars, in response to rampant violence in the Central American countries.

Lobo has promised a purge of the police to “get rid of the bad apples” involved in criminal acts, for which he requested the collaboration of Chile, Colombia, and the United States.

A Colombian mission spent 45 days in Honduras and drew up a report in which it found that the country’s police force is corroded by “generalized corruption.”

A team of three experts from the Carabineros, Chile’s national paramilitary police force, also spent time in Tegucigalpa to conduct a diagnostic study of the police force and make recommendations.