TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, June 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Republic of Honduras' National Police Purification Commission will soon submit 25 names for Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández to consider for police leadership positions.
The leadership revamp is part of recent government efforts to monitor for police integrity. Efforts include identifying and firing corrupt individuals who have participated in crimes like drug trafficking, illegal weapons sales, and murder. Overall, the National Police Purification Commission is working to reorganize the police and only retain officers who have demonstrated their commitment to anti-corruption policies.
To date, the commission has dismissed 4,004 police officers that did not meet the requirements for police work in Honduras.
Hoping to inject new blood into the police force, the commission is considering both young and well-seasoned candidates for leadership positions, all of whom have received high-quality training and proven their integrity.
Omar Rivera, a commission member, stated that the primary challenge is finding police leaders of the future who will champion the current institutional reforms. "We want to enlist an efficient, legitimate and honest leadership," he emphasized.
Commission members Vilma Morales, the former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Justice, Omar Rivera, and Alberto Solórzano, are leading the selection process along with Security Secretary Julián Pacheco. They are evaluating candidates from the first levels of the senior officer ranks.
The 25 potential candidates include three generals and 22 police commissioners. The most important open positions are Director General, Deputy Director General, and Inspector General of the Police.
Department of Security sources indicate that the commission is looking for candidates that will lead the police force with a dynamic and innovative vision.
The National Police Purification Commission was formed in April of last year, under a national emergency law to purge the police force. The commission's members were appointed by the Executive Branch. Under a direct mandate from President Hernández, the commission is charged with determining suitability requirements for police service, judging the integrity and loyalty of Honduran police, and implementing mechanisms for follow-up and oversight.
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SOURCE Republic of Honduras