U.S. Grants Honduras $16.3 Million to Combat Crime

first_imgBy Dialogo March 21, 2013 The United States will fund a police task force to combat the most serious crimes in Honduras, considered the most violent country in the world, U.S. officials stated on March 18. William Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for the U.S. International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, told the press that “the new task force will train the police and prosecutors to adequately investigate serious crimes in Honduras.” Brownfield stated that $6 million will be allocated to address major crimes, while $10.3 million will be destined to training the police force and prosecutors against violence and money laundering. The official, along with Ambassador Lisa Kubiske, signed the cooperation agreement with Honduran Vice President María Antonieta Guillén de Bográn. The resources will also support programs for at-risk youth, to organize community police, and to strengthen processes on crime scenes. As part of his agenda, Brownfield visited San Miguel, a community located in eastern Tegucigalpa, to supervise an educational initiative focused on preventing the proliferation of gangs which trained 2,500 teenagers in 2012. The U.S. official also met with Minister of Defense Marlon Pascua, Minister of Security Pompeyo Bonilla, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Arturo Corrales. According to figures from the Violence Observatory of the National Autonomous University in Honduras, the homicide rate was 85.5 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2012.last_img

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